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April 2, 2003

Improving Communication of Health-Related Quality of Life—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1636-1637. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1636-a

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 and physicians.

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.

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