Impaired Quality of Life in Patients Commencing Radiotherapy for Cancer
Janda, Monika, Newman, Beth M., Obermair, Andreas, Woelfl, Hedwig, Trimmel, Michael, Schroeckmayr, Heidi, Widder, Joachim, & Poetter, Richard (2004) Impaired Quality of Life in Patients Commencing Radiotherapy for Cancer. Strahlentherapie und Onkilogie, 180(2), pp. 78-83.
This study tested a three-item questionnaire of global quality of life (QOL) and pain in patients commencing radiotherapy, based on items from the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ-C30 instrument. In pre-test, the EORTC QLQ-C30 and the three-item short questionnaire were administered to 100 patients, yielding similar global QOL and pain scores. After the pre-test, the three-item questionnaire was administered to 1,837 patients prior to first radiotherapy treatment.
We identified 254 (13.8%) patients with impaired QOL. These patients had a mean global QOL score of 32.6 compared to 72.4 (p<0.001) found in patients with satisfactory QOL. Patients with impaired QOL were also more likely younger than 60 years and treated for lung, gastrointestinal or head & neck cancer or advanced, metastatic cancer.
This brief instrument addresses important aspects of quality of life, is feasible to use in a clinical setting and therefore represents a potentially useful tool for detecting those patients who may benefit from further evaluation and/or psychosocial support.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||cancer, radiotherapy, quality of life, screening, psychosocial support|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)|
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Coypright 2004 Springer|
|Copyright Statement:||The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com|
|Deposited On:||01 May 2007|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:05|
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