Feasibility of Using a Computer Tablet (iPad) to Facilitate Communication for Head and Neck Cancer Patients after Surgery

Full Title
Feasibility of a Computer Tablet to Facilitate Communication in Post-operative Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
Disease Status
Newly Diagnosed & Relapsed/Refractory

Patients who undergo surgery for head and neck cancers often cannot speak right after surgery. The standard of care to help these patients to communicate has been a white board and marker or use of hand gestures.

In this study, researchers want to better understand patients’ preferences for communication and to see if the use of a computer tablet (iPad) in the recovery room after head/neck surgery is beneficial for patient communication. Patients will be instructed before surgery on how to use the computer tablet, and then will use the tablet after surgery to communicate with their nurses in the recovery room. Patients will be asked to complete questionnaires about their experiences and satisfaction with the tablet.

Brunner, Theresa, RN

DiFortuna, Kristyn, RN


This study includes adult patients scheduled to have surgery for head and neck cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center who are not expected to be able to speak right after surgery.

For more information about this study, please contact Theresa Brunner, RN, or Kristyn DiFortuna, RN, at 212-639-3793.

Head & Neck Cancer
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