Medical Test Results Do Not Tell the Whole Story: Health-Related Quality of Life Offers a Patient Perspective on Outcomes

Jo Wray*, Kate Brown, Bradley S. Marino, Rodney Franklin

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Abstract

Children born today with congenital heart disease (CHD) are likely to reach adulthood, even those with complex disease. As survival rates have increased, attention has focused on the longer-term morbidity associated with CHD and its treatment, but this has largely addressed the physical and physiological outcomes rather than psychosocial morbidity and health-related quality of life (QoL). The purpose of this article is to outline the arguments in favor of routine evaluation of health-related QoL, describe how such measurements might be used, and the barriers and challenges associated with the collection of the data. Finally, a strategy is suggested for the routine collection and use of health-related QoL data with children and adolescents with CHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)566-575
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • congenital heart disease (CHD)
  • morbidity)
  • outcomes (includes mortality
  • pediatric
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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