Quality of Life and Health: Concepts, Methods and ApplicationsBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.239 (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:239
- Ray Fitzpatrick
Ed Irene Guggenmoos-Holzmann, Kim Bloomfield, Harvey Brenner, Uwe Flick Blackwell, Berlin, £39.50, pp 193 ISBN 3 89412 214 5
Various different trends have encouraged the assessment of quality of life in health care. Governments have increasingly sought evidence of the benefits to patients of the health services for which they are responsible. The pharmaceutical industry has recognised a novel method of promoting therapeutic effects. Patients increasingly expect information about the personal consequences of illness and treatments. The social and statistical sciences have developed simple methods for obtaining reproducible data about subjective experiences.
The resulting explosion of questionnaires and interview schedules assessing health related quality of …