The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) Measurement System: Guidance for Use in Research and Clinical Practice

Kimberly A. Webster*, J. Devin Peipert, Lauren F. Lent, Jason Bredle, David Cella

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Abstract

Since 1988, the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) Measurement System has evolved from a cancer-specific measure of health-related quality of life in breast, lung, and colon cancer, to include multiple cancer site-specific subscales and measures designed for several other chronic conditions, disease symptoms, treatment side effects, and patient-centered outcomes. There are now more than 700 items comprising more than 100 measures, some of which are assessed in over 70 languages. Patient-centeredness has always been at the heart of its development, emphasizing two fundamental principles of life quality: subjectivity and multidimensionality. Published data on reference groups (cancer and general population) for many of the scales allow a basis for score interpretation, and an expanding body of evidence supports values for meaningful differences and change, at individual and group levels. An item library now allows users to customize assessment and build survey forms for specific applications in research and clinical practice, adjusting to the rapidly evolving therapeutic landscape in oncology and other chronic diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Quality of Life in Cancer
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages79-104
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783030847029
ISBN (Print)9783030847012
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • FACIT Measurement System
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Important differences/important change
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Responder definition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine

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