Personality Traits and Adherence in Head and Neck Cancer Patients—Considerations in Treatment Head and neck cancer is a complicated medical condition that results in multiple physical and functional changes (e.g., dysphagia, speech alterations) that leave patients with a poorer quality of life. Many of these symptoms may be effectively reduced through interventions offered by speech language pathologists (SLPs), unfortunately adherence to these ... Article
Article  |   December 02, 2016
Personality Traits and Adherence in Head and Neck Cancer Patients—Considerations in Treatment
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  • Andrea R. Croom
    Department of Psychiatry, Section of Psycho-Oncology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Article   |   December 02, 2016
Personality Traits and Adherence in Head and Neck Cancer Patients—Considerations in Treatment
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 177-187. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.177
History: Received April 1, 2016 , Revised June 10, 2016 , Accepted June 14, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 177-187. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.177
History: Received April 1, 2016; Revised June 10, 2016; Accepted June 14, 2016

Head and neck cancer is a complicated medical condition that results in multiple physical and functional changes (e.g., dysphagia, speech alterations) that leave patients with a poorer quality of life. Many of these symptoms may be effectively reduced through interventions offered by speech language pathologists (SLPs), unfortunately adherence to these treatment recommendations remains low. Personality traits are the characteristics that make each individual unique and play a key role in determining how a person thinks about their life experiences (e.g., a diagnosis of cancer), and the coping strategies that a person uses to manage stressful situations. An awareness of personality traits, illness beliefs, and coping styles can assist SLPs in tailoring interventions and supporting adherence to treatment recommendations.

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