Assessing quality of life in cardiac rehabilitation: Choosing an appropriate tool

Dempster, Martin
July 2011
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing;Jul2011, Vol. 6 Issue 7, p335
Academic Journal
Quality of life is an important outcome for people undergoing cardiac rehabilitation. This paper discusses the difficulties with defining the concept of quality of life and how it might be distinct from the concept of health-related quality of life. Based on a review of the literature, a description is provided of health-related quality of life questionnaires that have been used in cardiac rehabilitation populations. Some criteria for choosing between these questionnaires are then discussed and, finally, a brief discussion is presented of the concept of response shift and how this might influence the assessment of health-related quality of life in a cardiac rehabilitation setting.


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