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Patient-Reported Outcomes

4. Individualizing Quality of Life Measures

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Important Considerations in Individualized Quality of Life Assessment

All attempts to “individualize” quality-of-life assessments are important advances to assessment. But however sophisticated may be the methods used in the assessment, some important issues remain:

  • What are the boundaries between health and quality of life?
  • What is the universe of content that constitutes quality of life?
  • Is it anything the individual says?
  • Is it all the needs an individual might invoke when ill or well?
  • Are there any boundaries to health?