Background: Lung cancer surgery has a significant impact on health-related quality of life (HRQOL). In prior studies of HRQOL after lung cancer surgery, researchers selected the HRQOL domains of interest. To increase the patient-centeredness of these studies, we conducted a qualitative study to ascertain which aspects of HRQOL are most relevant to them postoperatively and to identify Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System measures most germane to patients undergoing lobectomy for lung cancer. Methods: We conducted in-depth semistructured interviews with 25 patients after lobectomy for lung cancer to solicit input regarding the physical, social, and emotional HRQOL domains relevant after surgery. Interviews were transcribed verbatim, and a thematic content analysis to identify HRQOL themes was performed. Themes were integrated to create a conceptual framework to guide outcome measurement selection. Results: Qualitative analysis indicated that within the physical health domain, patients were most concerned about general physical function (100% of participants), pain (96%), fatigue (96%), and dyspnea (76%). Neuropathic pain was reported by 28% of participants. Instrumental (100%) and emotional social support (88%) and positive emotions/relief/hope (96%) were also important. Two cross-cutting themes were the desire to maintain independence (32%) and preparing for surgery/expectations (92%). Conclusions: Our results indicate that a number of physical, social, and emotional HRQOL domains are relevant after lobectomy for lung cancer. These domains are currently represented by Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System measures and can be readily assessed for clinical or research purposes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine