Assessing quality of life in paediatric clinical practice
Article first published online: 16 APR 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 46, Issue 6, pages 323–328, June 2010
How to Cite
Morrow, A. M., Quine, S., Heaton, M. D. and Craig, J. C. (2010), Assessing quality of life in paediatric clinical practice. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46: 323–328. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01716.x
- Issue published online: 18 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 16 APR 2010
- Accepted for publication 3 November 2009.
- chronic illness;
- provider-parent relationships;
- qualitative research;
- quality of life
The rising prevalence of children with chronic conditions has made quality of life an increasingly important outcome measure in paediatric practice. The discrepancy between doctors’ and patients’ perceptions of quality of life makes formal assessment necessary.
In this paper we use a case scenario to answer commonly asked questions. What is quality of life and who can assess it? Why assess quality of life in the clinical setting? Is it feasible to measure in routine clinical practice? How is quality of life formally assessed? We provide a basic outline of the language and methods of quality of life assessment and use the case scenario to discuss the process of choosing an appropriate instrument.
We conclude that quality of life assessment in clinical practice is feasible and provides benefits for both patients and doctors. The benefits include better informed doctors, improved patient doctor communication and a means to effectively monitor quality of life as a treatment outcome.