Measuring health-related quality of life in cancer patients
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Measuring health-related quality of life in cancer patients

Nicola Davies PhD researcher, Cranfield University and Health Psychology Research Consultancy, Bedfordshire

The measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is being increasingly advocated in healthcare practice, particularly in relation to cancer care. The use of patient-reported health instruments has been recommended in Lord Darzi’s review of the NHS. Consequently, nurses have to be aware of the most reliable and valid QoL measurement tools for given situations and conditions. The aim of this article is to review the most common HRQoL tools for use in the oncology setting, highlighting the specific properties of each instrument.

Nursing Standard. 23, 30,42-49. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.04.23.30.42.c6930

Correspondence

n.davies.s06@cranfield.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review