Measuring quality of life (QOL) after head and neck cancer (HNC), is rapidly becoming the standard of care. The Head and Neck Database Listing Evidence on QOL (Handle-On-QOL) is a dedicated QOL resource that includes articles published from 1982 onwards. The aim of this study was to assess the completeness of Handle-On-QOL, when compared with other non-specific search engines. Six years were selected at random; 1982, 1990, 1998, 2003, 2006, 2016. Four search engines were used (Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO). Reporting followed PRISMA methodology. A total of 595 papers were assessed, of which 200 met the inclusion criteria. 186 papers were present on Handle-On-QOL, 243 were found on Handle-On-QOL for these six years, but not identified in the other searches, and 14 were missing from Handle-On-QOL. A search using standard engines generated a large number of irrelevant papers. Handle-On-QOL provides a comprehensive and accurate reflection of articles published using questionnaires to report QOL following HNC. This web-based repository (http://www.handle-on-qol.com) acts as a quick reference point for clinicians and researchers.
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Published online: September 02, 2020
Accepted: May 6, 2020
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