A new approach to the measurement of quality of life : the patient - generated index.
Quality of life has been defined as « the estent to which our hopes and ambitions are matched by experience ».
To improve a patient's quality of life through medical care would be to « narrow the gap between a patient's hopes and expectations and what actually happens. » Using the above definition as a conceptual basis, we produced a self - administered, Patient-Generated Index (PGI) of quality of life.
The PGI was completed by 359 patients presenting with low back pain.
The validity of the measure was assessed by correlating patients'PGI scores with a well validated health profile, the Short-Form 36-item Health Survey (SF-36), and with their scores on a clinical backpain questionnaire...
We conclude that it is possible to construct a questionnaire that quantifies the effect of medical condition on patients'quality of life in a way that has meaning and relevance in the context of their daily lives.
The PGI has considerable potential for routine use in a wide range of clinical conditions for which the measurement of outcome has hitherto proved very difficult.
Mots-clés Pascal : Qualité vie, Malade, Méthodologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Quality of life, Patient, Methodology
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 94/11 V
Code Inist : 002B30A01A02. Création : 09/06/1995.