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Quality of life – models and measures of quality of life

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0003

Series: Supportive Care Series

Quality of life – models and measures of quality of life

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This chapter examines quality of life (QoL) models and measures in relation to palliative care. It compares QoL gains between two treatments and evaluates the use of QoL as part of decision making for patient management. The chapter discusses several proposed definitions of QoL and different ways of obtaining information about the patient's QoL. The findings suggest that the management of a patient's QoL requires an individualised approach to treatment and that the clinician needs to find a way of managing the patient wherein multiple objectives are affected differently by different courses of action.

Keywords: QoL models; QoL measures; palliative care; patient management; clinical decision making; individualised treatment

Chapter.  4238 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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