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Psychological morbidity following laryngectomy: a pilot study

  • A. R. Gibson (a1) and A. W. McCombe (a1)


This study evaluated the nature and extent of problems faced by patients following discharge from hospital following laryngectomy. Semi-structured interviews investigated the practical and psychological concerns of a cohort of laryngectomy patients in a district general hospital. A number of simple practical measures can be employed to reduce early hospital re-admission following laryngectomy. Psychological morbidity is an important cause of low quality of life following laryngectomy. Formal psychological treatment could be of benefit in the management of these patients.


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Address for correspondence: Dr A.R. Gibson, 15 Rickyard Close, Rewky Court, Oxford OX21.


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