Quality of life measurement in gastroenterology: what is available?

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Monitoring and enhancement of a patient's health-related quality of life (HRQL) is an important element of research and medical care. In a previous article, we provided an overview of HRQL measurement. Now we will review the structure and properties of the most commonly used generic and digestive disease-specific HRQL instruments and illustrates their use in the gastroenterology and hepatology literature. Generic measures have been used to study specific diseases as well as to compare HRQL in GI and nongastrointestinal disease. Disease specific instruments have been developed for inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, liver disease, and GI malignancy. Further work is needed to compare disease-specific instruments and to define the most appropriate uses of HRQL measurement in clinical trial and community practice settings.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yacavone, RF; Locke, GR; Provenzale, DT; Eisen, GM

Published Date

  • February 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 96 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 285 - 297

PubMed ID

  • 11232666

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11232666

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9270

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1572-0241.2001.03509.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States