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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai, David R. Baldwin, and David C. Currow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199591763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591763.001.0001

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Quality of life: models and measurement

Quality of life: models and measurement

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(p.53) Chapter 3 Quality of life: models and measurement
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Michael E. Hyland

Samantha C. Sodergren

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591763.003.0003

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

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