Health‐related quality of life measurement

Health‐related quality of life measurement Purpose – The purpose of this article is to discuss the value of health‐related quality of life (HR‐QOL) measurement and describe its development with a few examples. Design/methodology/approach – The methodology is a literature review of various articles published in the last 25 years on health‐related quality of life. Findings – HR‐QOL tools are health status instruments, which are utilized to assess the changes in the health status of patients. These surveys are of increasingly importance as healthcare providers are challenged to justify treatment approaches and rationale for any intervention. Objective criteria can be used to determine whether there is clinical evidence of disease. However, the impact of disease on the individual's life is not included in such a clinical assessment. The use of validated and reliable health instruments is directed at measuring this impact in a reproducible and valid fashion. In patient‐centred research, “experimental” conditions are constantly changing because human beings with values, feelings, perspectives and social relationships are being treated. It is especially important to use valid measurement tools when assessing these impacts. Originality/value – This article is written from the authors' own experience and knowledge and adds those benefits to the literature already available. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0952-6862
DOI
10.1108/09526860810880162
pmid
18785462
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to discuss the value of health‐related quality of life (HR‐QOL) measurement and describe its development with a few examples. Design/methodology/approach – The methodology is a literature review of various articles published in the last 25 years on health‐related quality of life. Findings – HR‐QOL tools are health status instruments, which are utilized to assess the changes in the health status of patients. These surveys are of increasingly importance as healthcare providers are challenged to justify treatment approaches and rationale for any intervention. Objective criteria can be used to determine whether there is clinical evidence of disease. However, the impact of disease on the individual's life is not included in such a clinical assessment. The use of validated and reliable health instruments is directed at measuring this impact in a reproducible and valid fashion. In patient‐centred research, “experimental” conditions are constantly changing because human beings with values, feelings, perspectives and social relationships are being treated. It is especially important to use valid measurement tools when assessing these impacts. Originality/value – This article is written from the authors' own experience and knowledge and adds those benefits to the literature already available.

Journal

International Journal of Health Care Quality AssuranceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 13, 2008

Keywords: Personal health; Quality of life; Instruments; Health services

References

  • Prospective analysis of quality of life and survival following mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
    Camilleri‐Brennan, J.; Steele, R.J.
  • Perception of quality of life by patients, partners and treating physicians
    Wilson, K.A.; Dowling, A.J.; Abdolell, M.

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