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Research Article

Assessment of Head and Neck Cancer Patient’s Co-Morbidity in Accordance to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health

Zareena Z. Jangda1*, Afsheen Maqsood2, and Kehkishan Azam3

1Department of Dentistry, Civil hospital, University Road, Karachi, Pakistan.

2Department of Dentistry, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi, Pakistan.

3Department of Dentistry, Kiran Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.

*Corresponding Author:
Zareena Z. Jangda
BDS student, Civil hospital
University Road, 239-C
block 2, P.E.C.H.S
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +923332331234
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: June 25, 2016; Accepted Date: July 18, 2016; Published Date: July 26, 2016

Citation: Jangda ZZ, Maqsood A, Azam K (2016) Assessment of Head and Neck Cancer Patient’s Co-Morbidity in Accordance to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. J Interdiscipl Med Dent Sci 4:203. doi:10.4172/2376-032X.1000203

Copyright: © 2016 Jangda ZZ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: Head and neck cancers are the most common cancers in developing countries, especially in South Asia. The international classification of functioning, disability and health core set for head and neck cancers (ICF-HNC) covers the typical array of problems in functioning, in patients suffering from head and neck cancer.

Objectives: To assess the head and neck cancer patient’s co-morbidity using the ICF-HNC as a reference.

Methods: Cross sectional multi-centric study at three different hospitals in Karachi, Pakistan. Data collection included structured question and answer sessions that were carried out by a single researcher, according to the ICFHNC checklist.

Results: Of the 325 patients, 258 (about 80%) experienced complete problems related to mouth function. The study also demonstrated significant number of patients (187) who had problems related to activity and social functioning.

Conclusion: The ICF comprehensively address and structures head and neck cancer patient’s problems. Societal and kindred support may well be purposely incorporated in rehabilitation plan of HNC sufferers.


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