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Identification of behaviour change components in swallowing interventions for head and neck cancer patients: protocol for a systematic review

Govender, R; Smith, CH; Taylor, SA; Grey, D; Wardle, J; Gardner, B; (2015) Identification of behaviour change components in swallowing interventions for head and neck cancer patients: protocol for a systematic review. Systenatic Reviews , 4 , Article 89. 10.1186/s13643-015-0077-4. Green open access

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Background: Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) is a predictable consequence of head and neck cancer and its treatment. Loss of the ability to eat and drink normally has a devastating impact on quality of life for survivors of this type of cancer. Most rehabilitation programmes involve behavioural interventions that include swallowing exercises to help improve swallowing function. Such interventions are complex; consisting of multiple components that may influence outcomes. These interventions usually require patient adherence to recommended behaviour change advice. To date, reviews of this literature have explored whether variation in effectiveness can be attributed to the type of swallowing exercise, the use of devices to facilitate use of swallowing muscles, and the timing (before, during or after cancer treatment). This systematic review will use a behavioural science lens to examine the content of previous interventions in this field. It aims to identify (a) which behaviour change components are present, and (b) the frequency with which they occur in interventions deemed to be effective and non-effective. Methods/design: Clinical trials of behavioural interventions to improve swallowing outcomes in patients with head and neck cancers will be identified via a systematic and comprehensive search of relevant electronic health databases, trial registers, systematic review databases and Web of Science. To ascertain behaviour change intervention components, we will code the content for its theory basis, intervention functions and specific behaviour change techniques, using validated tools: the Theory Coding Scheme, Behaviour Change Wheel and Behaviour Change Technique Taxonomy v1. Study quality will be assessed for descriptive purposes only. Given the specialisation and focus of this review, a small yield of studies with heterogeneous outcome measures is anticipated. Therefore, narrative synthesis is considered more appropriate than meta-analysis. We will also compare the frequency of behavioural components in effective versus non-effective interventions, where effectiveness is indicated by statistically significant changes in swallowing outcomes. Discussion: This review will provide a synthesis of the behaviour change components in studies that currently represent best evidence for behavioural swallowing interventions for head and neck cancer patients. Results will provide some guidance on the choice of optimal behavioural strategies for the development of future interventions.

Type: Article
Title: Identification of behaviour change components in swallowing interventions for head and neck cancer patients: protocol for a systematic review
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s13643-015-0077-4
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13643-015-0077-4
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Govender et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: Head and neck cancer; Dysphagia; Swallowing rehabilitation; Behaviour change; Behavioural interventions; Systematic review
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469809
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