Quality of life: models and measurement

Michael E. Hyland and Samantha C. Sodergren

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Quality of life: models and measurement

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The term quality of life (QoL) refers to the patient's subjective experience of life, but beyond that there are a wide variety of interpretations which vary in terms of perspective. According to some definitions, QoL is defined in terms of content or theory by researchers. Other definitions, however, suggest that QoL is something that is defined entirely by the patient. This difference is by no means trivial, because it has an impact on those aspects of life which, by definition, fall within the remit of QoL. Thus, although the general meaning of QoL is not under dispute, the precise form of meaning and measurement is. This chapter discusses disease-specific scales, generic scales, and idiographic scales for measuring quality of life, and the implications of QoL for treatment selection and patient management.

Keywords: QoL; patient care; treatment selection; patient management; disease-specific scales; generic scales; idiographic scales

Chapter.  3175 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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