Gutteling, Jolie J, Busschbach, Jan J V, de Man, Robert A and Darlington, Anne-Sophie E.
Logistic feasibility of health related quality of life measurement in clinical practice: results of a prospective study in a large population of chronic liver patients.
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 6, (1), . (doi:10.1186/1477-7525-6-97). (PMID:1583933).
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This study was among the first to implement the complete procedure of routine computerized HRQoL measurements in clinical practice and to subsequently describe the feasibility issues encountered. It was shown that the attitudes of physicians were generally positive. Several barriers towards successful implementation of such a procedure were encountered, and subsequently solutions were provided. Most importantly, when implementing routine computerized HRQoL measurements in clinical practice, assistance of an IT professional for the development of a tailor-made computer program, availability of questionnaires in multiple languages and the use of touch-screen computers to optimise patient participation are essential. Also, all staff of the department concerned should approve of the intervention and consider it as part of standard clinical routine if successful implementation is to be obtained.
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