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Quality of Life

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Quality of Life

Alison Carr (Editor), Irene Higginson (Editor), Peter Robinson (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-727-91544-3 December 2002 BMJ Books 142 Pages

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Description

The way we think about health and health care is changing. Two factors driving this change are that we recognise the importance of the social consequences of disease and secondly, we acknowledge that health care aims to increase both the quantity and quality of survival. For these reasons, health care focusses more and more on 'quality of life'.

Measuring quality of life brings many challenges. What do we mean by 'quality of life'? Who should measure it? How can we measure it? What can we use the information for?

This book provides an accessible but up to date and authoritative overview of the measurement of quality of life in health care. It brings together the work of authors from Medicine, Palliative Care, Nursing, Ethics, Dentistry, Assistive Technology, Sociology, Epidemiology and Statistics.
Current state of the art in quality of life measurement.

Is quality of life determined by expectations or experience?.

Are quality of life measures patient centred?.

Quality of life in caregivers.

Assessing quality of life in children.

Who should measure quality of life?.

The clinical utility of quality of life measures.

Measuring the impact of assistive technologies on quality of life:can rehab profs rise to challenge?.

How to choose a quality of life measure.

Longitudinal analysis of quality of life data.

Is there such a thing as a life not worth living?.

Glossary.

Index

Practically applicable book with a multidisciplinary approach from high profile authors.
The first textbook to analyse the meaning and use of quality of life measures in clinical and research settings.
Fills the need for information on how to assess measures in a patient-centred way, and in understanding the interpretation of the results.
Authoritative, detailed and up to date.