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Monaldi Arch Chest Dis. 1994 Feb;49(1):79-82.

Why quality of life measures should be used in the treatment of patients with respiratory illness.

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Division of Physiological Medicine, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK.


Treatment of airways disease is directed towards improving patients' health and well-being. Measurements of airways function do not reflect all the disease activity present in the airways that may affect the patient. Spirometry correlates poorly with health. Physicians appear to estimate their patients' health using criteria different from the patients themselves. Quality of life questionnaires provide a method of quantifying the effect of disease on patients' lives. They can summarize a number of aspects of the disease and provide an overall estimate of the effect of disease and benefits due to therapy. They have the potential to identify a threshold response to treatment that may be considered "worthwhile", and allow comparison between therapies with respect to the health gain that each provides.

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