Supplementary Material for: Burden of Oral Mucositis: A Systematic Review and Implications for Future Research

K. Berger, D. Schopohl, A. Bollig, D. Strobach, C. Rieger, D. Rublee, H. Ostermann
2018 Figshare  
Surprisingly little is known about the burden of oral mucositis (OM). We provide a systematic review of studies on the burden of OM (incidence, economic impact, health-related quality of life (HRQoL)). Methods: Systematic literature searches were made in BIOSIS, EMBASE, and MEDLINE. Inclusion criteria were studies on OM in hematology/oncology patients of ≥ 18 years, journal articles, English language, and published between 2000 and 2016; OM treatment studies were excluded. Quality assessment
more » ... ality assessment was performed using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach. Results: We screened 4,996 hits, and identified 68 studies of which 13 were without transparency on OM grading. The evidence level of 65 studies was rated 'low' or 'very low' in 58.5%, 'moderate' in 20% and 'high' in 21.5%. Mean value of incidence (7 studies) was 83.5% for all grades of OM with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. OM incidence for all grades in head and neck cancer patients was 59.4–100%. Considering the economic impact, 16 studies showed highly variable numbers. HRQoL was measured in 16 studies using 13 different instruments. Statistically significant changes in HRQoL scores were demonstrated. Conclusion: OM is common, burdensome, costly and imposes major reductions in HRQoL. However, from a quality standpoint, the level of current evidence in OM is disappointing. The field needs continued attention to address methodological challenges.
doi:10.6084/m9.figshare.6269540.v1 fatcat:5xfdsd2igfcvtiyysyncs2bqey