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Wiad Lek. 1998 ; 51(7-8): 316-20.

[The value of studies of quality of life in chronic respiratory tract diseases in the framework of holistic medicine]

Farnik-Brodzińska M, Pierzchała W.

Quality of Life (QOL) is a new area of research evaluating the psychical, functional and psychological components of human life. According to current understanding of health issues the measurement of morbidity or mortality does not estimate the health status and describe the influence of illness on human life. The theoretical framework of Health Related Quality of Life is largely based on a multidimensional perspective of human as physical, psychological and social functioning and well-being, along the WHO definition of health. QOL assessment could be carried out using different psychological methods. There are several questionnaires developed to assess the quality of life in patients. The measurement instruments are generic (used in wide range of health related issues), domain specific (concerning some important outcome such as social support, coping), and disease specific which are used to assess patients with particular health problems. QOL assessment could be used as the measurements in pharmacoeconomics and clinical trials. Polish QOL Initiative Group produce Polish version of existing questionnaires--for example The Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire was registered in Polish language version. Quality of Life researches facilitate doctors to understand patient's perceiving of the health state and help them to live a fulfilling life.

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