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Quality of life 

Quality of life
Quality of life

Max Watson

, Rachel Campbell

, Nandini Vallath

, Stephen Ward

, and Jo Wells

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date: 22 August 2019

This chapter describes the issues surrounding quality of life in the palliative setting and explores how difficult it is to evaluate somebody else’s quality of life as it is so individualized. QoL has been used as a marker for research studies which has not always been a useful concept. Different measures occupy a continuum from highly standardized econometric methods, such as time-trade off and standard gamble, to individualized global measures. Each has its supporters, each involves different assumptions about the nature and interpretation of HRQoL, and each has advantages and disadvantages. The research literature is now so vast and the available measures so numerous that it can be very confusing for anyone new to the field.

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