15. Practical and Reporting Issues

  1. Peter M. Fayers1,2 and
  2. David Machin3,4

Published Online: 8 MAR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0470846283.ch15

Quality of Life: Assessment, Analysis and Interpretation

Quality of Life: Assessment, Analysis and Interpretation

How to Cite

Fayers, P. M. and Machin, D. (2000) Practical and Reporting Issues, in Quality of Life: Assessment, Analysis and Interpretation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470846283.ch15

Author Information

  1. 1

    Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit, London, UK

  2. 2

    Unit of Applied Clinical Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

  3. 3

    NMRC Clinical Trials & Epidemiology Research Unit, Singapore

  4. 4

    School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAR 2002
  2. Published Print: 18 APR 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471968610

Online ISBN: 9780470846285



  • instruments;
  • data analysis;
  • graphics;
  • reporting;
  • variables


There are issues on which decisions have to be made when analysing, presenting and reporting QoL studies. With the wealth of data that are usually generated, it is clear that compromises have to be made and these mean that the major focus will need to be placed on a relatively few aspects. Choices made will have implications ranging from the way compliance is summarised to which particular comparisons will be presented with the associated confidence intervals. Although QoL data pose unique difficulties, there are general aspects of presenting and reporting the results of clinical studies that should always be adhered to. It is assumed that good reporting standards are indeed followed, and the focus will be on those aspects that relate to QoL studies in particular.