Quality Of Life Outcomes In Palliative Care

 Quality of life (QoL) assessment is crucial for the evaluation of palliative care outcome. during this paper, our methodological approach was supported the creation of summary measures. Fifty-eight Palliative Care Units (PCUs) in Italy participated within the study. Each PCU randomly selected patients to be ‘evaluated’ among the consecutively ‘registered’ patients. At baseline (first visit) and every week the patient was asked to fill during a QoL questionnaire, the Therapy Impact Questionnaire (TIQ). Short-survivors weren't included within the QoL study. The random sample of patients was highly representative of the overall patient population cared for by the PCUs in Italy. The median survival was 37.9 days. We collected 3546 TIQ, 71.4 the finished by the patients. A Summary Measure Outcome score was calculated for 409 patients (81% of the patients included within the QoL study). The results of this national study showed that cooperative clinical research in palliative care is feasible and QoL measures are often wont to assess the result . Feeling asleep and having a way of meaning in life were more important to patients than being active or physical comfort, and spiritual wellbeing correlated most highly with overall QOL. it's therefore vital to spot and meet the psychological and spiritual care needs of patients, also on assess and treat pain and other symptoms. Our finding that patients scored most poorly on the Function domain warrants further research.  

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