ISSUES IN THE DEFINITIONS OF HRQoL

Elena Gurková
Comenius University in Bratislava, Jesseniuss Faculty of Medicine in Martin, Institute of Nursing, Martin, Slovakia

Korespondenční autor: Elena Gurková (gurkova@jfmed.uniba.sk)

ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:12. 7. 2011
Accepted: 30. 8. 2011
Published online: 15. 12. 2011

Summary

Within literature there exists confusion about the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) concept. However, clarity in the meaning of HRQoL is critically important, because confusion hinders progress in research and applications in clinical practice. HRQoL is used as an umbrella term to cover a wide range of patient reported outcomes including measures of health status, living conditions or well-being. The paper reviews the literature and discusses the important issues regarding the conceptualisation of health related quality of life in health sciences. It provides a brief description of historical development; concepts/defi­nitions and clinical application HRQoL in health care and research. The aim of this paper is to discuss controversies or contradictory issues that currently exist concerning HRQoL and its measurement. The author proposes that future debate around HRQoL should focus from HRQoL instruments/me­asures to issues in HRQoL conceptualisation.

Keywords: health related quality of life; quality of life; health; patient reported outcomes

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