New clinical end points in rehabilitation medicine: Tools for measuring quality of life

Richard T. Abresch, Gregory T. Carter, Jay J. Han, Craig M McDonald

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Abstract

Traditional clinical end points in rehabilitation medicine have centered on objective measures of human performance, including quantitative muscle strength testing, functional independence measurements (FIM), and timed motor performance (TMP). However, it is now increasingly recognized that health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is a valid clinical end point. Health-related quality of life is a broad concept involving an individual's physical health, psychological state, personal beliefs, and interpersonal and social support relationships. The goals for this article are to show the value of performing HRQoL measurements and briefly describe methods used to assess quality of life (QoL).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-492
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2009

Keywords

  • Clinical outcomes
  • Measurement tools
  • Palliative medicine
  • Quality of life
  • Rehabilitation medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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