Patients'and doctors' views of using the schedule for individual quality of life in clinical practice.
2007 (English)In: JOURNAL OF SUPPORTIVE ONCOLOGY, ISSN 1544-6794, Vol. 5, no 6, 281-287 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study explored patients’ and oncologists’ perceptions ofusing a computer-administered, individualized quality-of-life (QOL) in-strument to support an oncologic consultation. Twenty patients with gas-trointestinal cancer (50% female; mean age 60 years) at two hospitals inSweden completed the Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality ofLife-Direct Weight (SEIQoL–DW) and the Disease-Related (DR) SEIQoL-DWand brought the results to the consultation. Afterwards, interviews wereconducted with all patients and six of eight doctors. All interviews wereaudiotaped, transcribed, and analyzed using an interpretivist approach.Most patients and doctors believed that the instrument would facilitatedetection of patients’ areas of concern and would support monitoringof patients’ QOL. This tool may empower the patient, give the doctor abroader picture of the patient, and influence clinical decision-making. TheSEIQoL-DW may be a systematic method of stimulating patient-centeredcare. It apparently encourages patients to reflect upon their own situationand allows them to be seen as whole persons. However, further quantita-tive evaluation of the intervention’s outcomes is required.
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2007. Vol. 5, no 6, 281-287 p.
Adult, Aged, Attitude of Health Personnel, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Interviews/methods, Male, Medical Oncology/*statistics & numerical data, Middle Aged, Neoplasms/psychology/therapy, Patient Participation, Physician's Practice Patterns/*statistics & numerical data, Psychometrics/methods, Quality of Life, Questionnaires/*classification, Sexual Dysfunction; Physiological/psychology, Sickness Impact Profile, Stress; Psychological, Sweden
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11404PubMedID: 17624053OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11404DiVA: diva2:39173