Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
How is your quality of life? With a consistently increasing trend to examine the quality of life of patients undergoing medical interventions, particularly when they are involved in clinical trials, this question has become more prevalent in recent years. With the robust psychometric measures applied to patients in clinical trials, clinicians can start to understand which type of clinical intervention offers a better quality of life for patients, even if the medical and clinical effects of different interventions offer the same benefit. This way, clinicians are able to choose from treatments that may offer clinically equivalent outcomes those that offer the least upset to a patient's quality of life.
Clinical TrialsQuality of Life Assessment in Clinical Trials: Methods and Practice. JAMA. 1999;281(4):388-389. doi:10.1001/jama.281.4.388-JBK0127-5-1