Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Detmar and colleagues1 found that a questionnaire that assessed health-related
quality of life (HRQL) improved the quality of patient-physician communication
about patients' HRQL, and also led to greater satisfaction among both patients
These results are not surprising. Since the questionnaire is known to
have adequate construct validity,2 one would
expect it to detect meaningful and clinically relevant issues relating to
HRQL. Thus, the study simply showed that physicians in this sample had not
been adequately assessing HRQL problems in the course of their standard practice.
Gandjour A. Improving Communication of Health-Related Quality of Life—Reply. JAMA. 2003;289(13):1636-1637. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1636-a