Az életminóség vizsgálatának jelentósége és gyakorlati szempontjai.

Translated title of the contribution: Significance and practical aspects of quality-of-life research

M. Novák, Adrienne Stauder, I. Mucsi

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Over the past ten-fifteen years there has been a continuous increase in the interest in quality of life research. There is a huge increase in the number of clinical trials applying quality of life as an outcome measure and also in the number of studies where assessment of quality of life is the main focus of the research. During the last decades the resources of health care has increasingly been directed towards the care of chronically ill patients. In these conditions several symptoms persist or may even worsen even with effective therapy. This provides an explanation why quality of life has become an important and useful outcome measure complementing the traditional "hard outcomes" such as morbidity and mortality. Assessment of quality of life is also an important component of cost-effectiveness studies and health-technology assessment. Recently, the overall quality of quality of life research has improved significantly. In the early days, several instruments were used without any rigorous methodological assessment of the instrument itself. At present there are a number of meticulously developed and well documented instruments available with their reliability and validity evaluated with psychometric methods in different patient's populations. When one wants to use one of these measures in a different cultural environment or in a different language one faces several difficulties and a rigorous methodology needs to be followed when translating and validating quality of life tools. In this review the authors discuss the significance of quality of life assessments and list some practical issues concerning the methodology of quality of life studies. Finally they provide a short description of the most commonly used instruments and will give a reference of the scales available in Hungarian.

Original languageHungarian
Pages (from-to)1031-1038
Number of pages8
JournalOrvosi Hetilap
Volume144
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - May 25 2003

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Quality of Life
Research
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Biomedical Technology Assessment
Psychometrics
Reproducibility of Results
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Chronic Disease
Language
Clinical Trials
Morbidity
Delivery of Health Care
Mortality
Population

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Az életminóség vizsgálatának jelentósége és gyakorlati szempontjai. / Novák, M.; Stauder, Adrienne; Mucsi, I.

In: Orvosi Hetilap, Vol. 144, No. 21, 25.05.2003, p. 1031-1038.

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