Issue N# 1 - 2011
The “Deglutition Handicap Index” a self-adminitrated dysphagia-specific quality of life questionnaire: Sensibility to change
Authors : Crestani S, Moerman M, Woisard V. (Toulouse)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2011;132,1:3-7.
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Objective: The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of UES’s dysfunction treatments with the DHI (Deglutition Handicap Index). Material and method: 24 patients suffering of UES’s dysfunction were included prospectively between 2008 and 2009 in 2 centers (France and Netherlands). Patients completed DHI before and after treatment. For statistics, Wilcoxon two-sample tests were used. Results: The mean score was 57 ± 17 in the preoperative and 26 ± 19 in the post operative time. The statistical difference was significant p< 0.0001. The difference is also significant for the 3 subscales (symptoms, functional, emotional). Conclusion: The DHI has been validated in terms of content, concurrent, construct validity and temporal reliability. It can be used for assessing efficacy of treatments used for dysphagia.
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