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.

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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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ID Code: 7246
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cancer, radiotherapy, quality of life, screening, psychosocial support
DOI: 10.1007/s00066-004-1160-2
ISSN: 1439-099X
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
Deposited On: 01 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:05

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