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Psychooncology. 2002 May-Jun;11(3):239-43.

Individual quality of life in patients with leukaemia and lymphoma.

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Department of Mental Health, University of Exeter, Wonford House Hospital, Exeter, UK.


With increasingly sophisticated chemotherapy regimes being prescribed the quality of life of cancer patients has become a key outcome measure. Little has been reported concerning the experience of patients with haematological malignancy receiving chemotherapy. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical usefulness of a novel quality of life measure-the Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life-Direct Weighting (SEIQoL-DW) in a sample of patients with either leukaemia or lymphoma. Fifty-one patients from the haematology clinic and in-patient unit at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital completed the SEIQoL-DW; in addition, each patient completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and a ten item questionnaire covering aspects of their treatment and satisfaction with information provided. The practical application of the SEIQoL-DW is described and two patients quality of life profiles are illustrated for comparison. The relationship between quality of life, satisfaction with information provided and psychological distress as measured by the HADS is discussed.

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