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Surgical Palliative Care$
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Geoffrey P Dunn and Alan G Johnson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198510000

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198510000.001.0001

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Quality of life issues in palliative surgery

Quality of life issues in palliative surgery

(p.94) Chapter 8 Quality of life issues in palliative surgery
Surgical Palliative Care

Michael Koller

Christoph Nies

Wilfried Lorenz

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the different quality of life (QOL) issues in palliative surgery, and also attempts to answer questions about the relationship of QOL and palliative care and QOL assessment. It explores the concepts of outcome, palliative care, and QOL, and the procedure in measuring QOL, examines specific measurement problems in the terminal/palliative situation, and determines if the concept of QOL might enhance care. The chapter concludes that palliation research can profit a lot from the QOL movement. Although there are no ready-made solutions, this signifies the urgency for adopting a scientific and empirical orientation to palliative care research.

Keywords:   quality of life, QOL assessment, measuring QOL, measurement problems, terminal/palliative situation, palliation research, palliative care research

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