Standardized Assessment Measures in Health Related Quality of Life

Several approaches to HRQOL measurement are currently available. Several of these are classified as generic measures, in that they assess the construct in general terms applicable to many medical populations. Two popular generic measures for pediatric populations are the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (Varni et al. 2003) and the Child Health Questionnaire (Landgraf et al. 1996) (see Table 3-5). These have the advantages of painting a broad portrait of HRQOL and allowing researchers to compare HRQOL across different illnesses. However, generic measures may not provide the precision necessary to track change over time, which is of great importance in clinical settings. As a result, several illness-specific measures have been developed, such as the Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (Juniper et al. 1996) and the Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire (Modi and Quittner 2003). These provide more precise measurement of the health-related issues most relevant to a particular clinical population.

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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