Who should measure Quality of Life?


Addington-Hall, J. and Kalra, L. (2001) Who should measure Quality of Life? British Medical Journal, 322, 1417-1420.

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Some patients cannot complete quality of life measures because they have cognitive impairments, communication deficits, are in severe distress, or because the measures are too burdensome

It is precisely these patients for whom information on quality of life is most needed to inform decision making

Proxiesboth healthcare professionals and lay caregiverscan provide useful information particularly on the more concrete, observable aspects of quality of life

Scores from proxies may be influenced by their own feelings about and experiences of caring for the patient

When a clinician's assessment of quality of life is at odds with that of the patient, the patient should have the final word

Item Type: Article
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Keywords: quality of life, palliative care,
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SONM) > Superseded (CPE)
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Superseded (SONM)
ePrint ID: 23976
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:13
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/23976

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