Author Affiliation: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
As the ability to treat the physical manifestations of many illnesses
improves, physicians grapple more seriously with their emotional, social,
and symptomatic dimensions. For example, palliative care is now a critical
healing art, while oncology begins to contend with the long-term sequelae
of the curative regimens for which it has labored so long to craft. Today,
quality-of-life instruments and symptom rating scales are essential metrics
of health status and outcomes.
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