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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Quality of life – models and measures of quality of life

Quality of life – models and measures of quality of life

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(p.57) Chapter 3 Quality of life – models and measures of quality of life
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0003

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

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