The Challenge of Understanding Articles about Health-Related Quality of Life

Wilson, Ira
August 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;8/1/2004, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p434
Academic Journal
It is informed that even without formal training in study design and biostatistics, clinicians can often use common sense, clinical judgment, and experience to help them decide which journal articles to pay attention to. For most clinicians reading an article about health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is a bit like listening to cricket scores on British Broadcasting Corporation radio. Understanding HRQoL measurements is not as difficult as it might seem. What HRQoL measurements hope to capture are patients' subjective perceptions and assessments of their health. These perceptions and assessments cannot be measured by blood testing, electroencephalography, magnetic resonance imaging, or any other "objective" testing.


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