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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2010 Feb;26(1):2-11. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2009.11.002.

Advances in measuring quality-of-life outcomes in cancer care.

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Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. cferrans@uic.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide practical guidance for the selection and use of quality-of-life (QOL) instruments for research and clinical practice.

DATA SOURCES:

Published articles, books, and web resources.

CONCLUSION:

Even among instruments designed specifically to measure QOIL, there are vast differences in what they actually measure. The choice of instrument can make the difference between whether real changes in QOL are captured or not.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

QOL outcomes are ideal for determining the efficacy and impact of cancer care. Incorporating QOL into standard clinical practice holds great promise for improving communication with health care providers, with a resultant improvement in patient outcomes.

PMID:
20152573
DOI:
10.1016/j.soncn.2009.11.002
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