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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Psychological Aspects of Cancer|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Guide to Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Cancer, Their Causes and Their Management|
|Number of pages||24|
|ISBN (Print)||1461448654, 9781461448655|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2013|
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