Quality of life

John M. Salsman*, Timothy Pearman, David Cella

*Corresponding author for this work

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Research in the past three decades has seen a burgeoning interest in quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. Driven by patient-report and multidimensional in nature, health-related quality of life has emerged as an important outcome in cancer clinical trials and has thus informed treatment decision-making. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the various types and dimensions of HRQOL measurement and describe their relevance for use across the continuum of cancer care. In addition, several emerging issues and applications of HRQOL research are described. Future work can benefit from sophisticated measurement approaches that maximize the precision, flexibility, and brevity of HRQOL measurement while providing meaningful information to patients and providers that can inform treatment-related decisions and be linked to clinical benchmarks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychological Aspects of Cancer
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide to Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Cancer, Their Causes and Their Management
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781461448662
ISBN (Print)1461448654, 9781461448655
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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