Quality of life and measures of quality of life in patients with neuromuscular disorders



In this review we present an overview of quality of life (QOL) and QOL measures in neuromuscular disorders. We discuss the characteristics of QOL measures used in neuromuscular research, highlighting differences between generic versus disease-specific and global versus health-related QOL instruments. The phenomenon of response shift is reviewed. Commonly used QOL instruments are reviewed for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscle diseases, myasthenia gravis, and polyneuropathy. We also review some of what is known about QOL for patients with these neuromuscular disorders. Muscle Nerve 46: 9–25, 2012