ArticleCommunication Needs, Methods, and Perceived Voice Quality Following Head and Neck Surgery A Literature ReviewHapp, Mary Beth PhD, RN; Roesch, Tricia BSN, RN; Kagan, Sarah H. PhD, RN, CS, AOCNAuthor Information From the Acute/Tertiary Department, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburgh (Dr Happ and Ms Roesch); and the School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania (Dr Kagan), Philadelphia, Pa. Corresponding author: Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN, University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, 311 Victoria Building, 3500 Victoria St, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (e-mail: email@example.com). In the September/October 2003 issue of Cancer Nursing, the uncorrected author proof version of “Communication Needs, Methods, and Perceived Voice Quality Following Head and Neck Surgery: A Literature Review” by Mary Beth Happ, Tricia Roesch, and Sarah H. Kagan was inadvertently published. The correct, final version of the article is being published here. Partially funded by T32 NR007036-13 and an Oncology Nursing Society Foundation/OrthoBiotech Research Grant. Accepted for publication April 18, 2003. Cancer Nursing: January/February 2004 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 1-9 Buy Abstract Patients with head and neck cancer experience complex and frustrating communication problems after surgery, yet patient communication during the in hospital postoperative period has received relatively little attention in clinical and research literature. A computerized and hand search of the medical (MEDLINE, Cancerlit), psychological (health and psychosocial instruments), and nursing (CINAHL) literature (1968 to April 2002) produced 10 published studies and 1 clinical case report specifically addressing the communication needs, methods, or perceived voice quality of patients with head and neck cancer during the postoperative period ([.lessequal]12 months after surgery). This review presents a summary and critique of research and related literature on in-hospital postoperative communication with adult patients who have head and neck cancer. Three major themes are addressed: (1) information needs, (2) communication methods and perceived voice quality and (3) quality-of-life perceptions related to communication, disfigurement, and socialization. This review shows that the communication needs, communication methods, and perception of voice quality among patients with head and neck cancer have been ignored during the in-hospital period. Clinical issues and technological advancements in augmentative and alternative communication applicable to the in-hospital period are discussed, and research implications are presented. © 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.