Measuring quality of life is important

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7063.1007 (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1007
  1. Karen Rose, Nursing fellow (research),
  2. Andrew Tullo, Consultant ophthalmologist
  1. School of Nursing Studies, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL
  2. Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester M13 9WH

    EDITOR,—John Cairns raises important issues relating to the use of quality of life measures in decision making in health care.1 He seems to imply that allocation of resources is the principal purpose for developing such measures and that they should therefore be designed with this as their main function.

    The primary concern of clinicians, however, is not, or …

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