Preservation of the Quality of Life

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines quality of life as an “individual's perception of his or her position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which the patient lives and in relation to his or her goals, expectations, standards, and concerns.” Impairment of the head and neck areas caused by both disease and therapy can interfere with basic functions, including eating and speech, and can have a profound effect on social interactions and psychological state. The importance of quality of life has been increasingly recognized and will be discussed in this course. 

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, Otolaryngologists, Gastroenterologists, Radiologists, Medical Oncologists, Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons, Surgeons, Pathologists, Pediatricians, Hospitalists, and Physician Assistants.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most prevalent physical and psychological long-term effects related to head and neck cancer treatment.
  • Examine strategies to effectively manage long-term effects of cancer treatment and significantly improve quality of life among head and neck cancer survivors.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Funk, G. F., Karnell, L. H., & Christensen, A. J. (2012). Long-term health-related quality of life in survivors of head and neck cancer. Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, 138(2), 123-133.
  • Stanton, A. L., Rowland, J. H., & Ganz, P. A. (2015). Life after diagnosis and treatment of cancer in adulthood: Contributions from psychosocial oncology research. American Psychologist, 70(2), 159.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
05/01/2016
Course expires: 
05/01/2018

M. Beatriz Currier, M.D.
Psychiatrist
Baptist Health Medical Group – Oncology
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals

M. Beatriz Currier, M.D., indicated that neither she nor her spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and she will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in her presentations or discussions. 

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
              
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
05/01/2016
Course expires: 
05/01/2018
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