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Table 1 Eligibility criteria for research interviews

From: Patients’ experience of recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and their perspective on the EORTC QLQ-C30 and QLQ-H&N35 questionnaires: a qualitative study

Inclusion criteria
 • Male or female of any race
 • Aged ≥18 years on the day of the research interview
 • Confirmed diagnosis of recurrent and/or metastatic HNSCC (oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, or larynx)
 • Patient has received treatment for recurrent and/or metastatic HNSCC in the past 12 months
 • Patient has a WHO Performance Status of 0 or 1a
 • Patient is willing to take part in a 90-min face-to-face interview (or via Skype or telephone if face-to-face is not possible)
 • In the opinion of the patient’s physician, patient has the cognitive, reading and linguistic capacities sufficient to allow her/him to actively participate in a 90-min interview
 • Patient speaks US-English as a first language and can read and write US-English
 • Patient has personally read, signed and dated a legally effective written informed consent form prior to admission to the study
Exclusion criteria
 • Patient has a significant psychiatric or physical co-morbid condition that would, in the opinion of the patient’s physician, prevent his/her participation in this study
 • Patient is currently abusing drugs or alcohol or has done so in 12 months prior to interview
 • Patient is unwilling or unable to comply with the requirements of the study
  1. Abbreviations: HNSCC head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, WHO World Health Organization
  2. aPerformance status = 0 indicates a patient who is fully active, able to carry on all pre-disease performance without restriction; performance status = 1 indicates a patient who is restricted in physically strenuous activity but ambulatory and able to carry out work of a light or sedentary nature (e.g. light housework, office work)