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December 1960

A Survey of Laryngectomee Patients in Veterans Administration Hospitals

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Dayton, Ohio

Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(6):768-773. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010782010

In February, 1959, I initiated a yearlong survey of Veterans Administration Hospitals in order to obtain information about patients who had undergone surgery for complete removal of the larynx. We contacted 145 hospitals and received 209 questionnaires in reply. The questionnaires were self-administered for the most part, with assistance from Social Work and Psychology Services in cases where patients were unable to answer.

This paper presents an evaluation of some of the answers to questions asked. It is divided into two sections: Section I is an appraisal of the total group of cancer patients, while Section II is an evaluation of the questions answered by the 120 patients of the total group who are esophageal speakers.

Section I  The 209 patients ranged in age from 24 to 83 years with an average age of 62; the average age at the time of surgery was 56 years. Four categories were used

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