EORTC QLQ-BR23 and FACT-B for the assessment of quality of life in patients with breast cancer: A literature review

Jasmine Nguyen, Marko Popovic, Edward Chow*, David Cella, Jennifer L. Beaumont, Dominic Chu, Julia Digiovanni, Henry Lam, Natalie Pulenzas, Andrew Bottomley

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Abstract

Background: This study aims to compare the development, characteristics and validity of two widely used tools in the breast cancer population, the EORTC QLQ-BR23 and the FACT-B. Methods: A literature search was conducted using Ovid MEDLINE, OLDMEDLINE, Embase, Embase Classic and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials to identify relevant studies. Results: Both tools were found to be reliable and valid. The QLQ-BR23 focuses on physical function, whereas the FACT-B emphasizes emotional well-being. Scoring, item format, organization and response options differ between questionnaires. Conclusion: Overall, both questionnaires are effective in assessing breast cancer-specific quality of life. Clear similarities and differences between the two tools exist. Decision-making between the questionnaires should be based on the purpose and design of the study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-166
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

Keywords

  • EORTC
  • FACT
  • breast cancer
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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