Quality of life: Expanding the scope of clinical significance
Journal/Book: J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999; 67: 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, USA. Amer Psychological Assoc. 320-331.
Abstract: Clinical researchers have turned their attention to quality of life assessment as a means of broadening the evaluation of treatment outcomes. This article Examines conceptual and methodological issues related to the use of quality of life measures in mental health. These include the lack of a good operational definition of the construct, the use of subjective versus objective quality of life indicators, and die nature of the relationship between symptoms and quality of life judgments. Of special concern is the ability of quality of life measures to detect treatment-related changes. The authors review the application of quality of life assessment across diverse patient groups and therapies and provide recommendations for developing comprehensive, psychometrically sophisticated quality of life measures.
Note: Article Gladis MM, Univ Penn, Dept Psychiat, Ctr Psychotherapy Res, 3600 Market St, Suite 768, Philadelphia,PA 19104 USA
Keyword(s): OF-LIFE; PANIC DISORDER; SOCIAL-ADJUSTMENT; SELF-REPORT; FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT; MENTAL-DISORDERS; HEALTH-CARE; DEPRESSION; PSYCHOTHERAPY; SATISFACTION