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  1. Research

    Psychometric properties of the painDETECT questionnaire in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthritis: Rasch analysis and test-retest reliability

    Pain is inherent in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and spondyloarthritis (SpA) and traditionally considered to be of nociceptive origin. Emerging data suggest a potential role of augmente...

    Signe Rifbjerg-Madsen, Eva Ejlersen Wæhrens, Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe and Kirstine Amris

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:110

    Published on: 22 May 2017

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    Functional evaluation for patients with lower extremity sarcoma: application of the Chinese version of Musculoskeletal Tumor Society scoring system

    The Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) scoring system is a disease-specific instrument to determine the physical and mental health for patients with extremity sarcoma. This study aims to investigate the reli...

    Leilei Xu, Xinhua Li, Zhou Wang, Jin Xiong and Shoufeng Wang

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:107

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  3. Research

    Developing a proxy version of the Adult social care outcome toolkit (ASCOT)

    Social care-related quality of life is a key outcome indicator used in the evaluation of social care interventions and policy. It is not, however, always possible to collect quality of life data by self-report...

    Stacey Rand, James Caiels, Grace Collins and Julien Forder

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:108

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  4. Research

    Psychological status and quality of life among primary caregivers of individuals with mental illness: a hospital based study

    This study aimed to explore the psychological status and quality of life among primary caregivers of individuals suffering from various mental illnesses including early psychosis, chronic schizophrenia, depres...

    Anitha Jeyagurunathan, Vathsala Sagayadevan, Edimansyah Abdin, YunJue Zhang, Sherilyn Chang, Saleha Shafie, Restria Fauziana Abdul Rahman, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:106

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  5. Research

    Are preferences over health states informed?

    The use of preference-elicitation tasks for valuing health states is well established, but little is known about whether these preferences are informed. Preferences may not be informed because individuals with...

    M. Karimi, J. Brazier and S. Paisley

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:105

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  6. Research

    Validation of the Italian version of the Laval questionnaire: health-related quality of life in subjects with obesity

    Obesity is associated to increased risk of metabolic comorbidity as well as increased mortality. Notably, obesity is also associated to the impairment of the psychological status and of quality of life.

    Lorenzo Maria Donini, Aldo Rosano, Luca Di Lazzaro, Eleonora Poggiogalle, Carla Lubrano, Silvia Migliaccio, Mariagrazia Carbonelli, Alessandro Pinto and Andrea Lenzi

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:101

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  7. Research

    Predictors of physical and mental health in persons with morbid obesity attending a patient education course – a two-year follow-up study

    People with morbid obesity (body mass index ≥40) may experience changes in their health after participating in a tailored patient education course. The aims of this study were to assess the changes in physical...

    Anners Lerdal, Caryl L. Gay, Tore Bonsaksen and May Solveig Fagermoen

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:103

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  8. Research

    Effect of chemotherapy counseling by pharmacists on quality of life and psychological outcomes of oncology patients in Malaysia: a randomized control trial

    Cancer is now becoming a leading cause of death. Chemotherapy is an important treatment for cancer patients. These patients also need consultation during their treatment to improve quality of life and decrease...

    Ummavathy Periasamy, Sherina Mohd Sidik, Lekhraj Rampal, Siti Irma Fadhilah, Mehrnoosh Akhtari-Zavare and Rozi Mahmud

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:104

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  9. Research

    Latent variable mixture models to test for differential item functioning: a population-based analysis

    Comparisons of population health status using self-report measures such as the SF-36 rest on the assumption that the measured items have a common interpretation across sub-groups. However, self-report measures...

    Xiuyun Wu, Richard Sawatzky, Wilma Hopman, Nancy Mayo, Tolulope T. Sajobi, Juxin Liu, Jerilynn Prior, Alexandra Papaioannou, Robert G. Josse, Tanveer Towheed, K. Shawn Davison and Lisa M. Lix

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:102

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  10. Research

    Domains of quality of life freely expressed by cancer patients and their caregivers: contribution of the SEIQoL

    The purposes of this study, performed on a large sample of cancer patient-caregiver dyads, were: i) to simultaneously investigate, using an individualized quality of life (QoL) measure (Schedule for the Evalua...

    Zeinab Hamidou, Karine Baumstarck, Olivier Chinot, Fabrice Barlesi, Sébastien Salas, Tanguy Leroy and Pascal Auquier

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:99

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  11. Research

    International evaluation of the psychometrics of health-related quality of life questionnaires for use among long-term survivors of testicular and prostate cancer

    Understanding of the physical, functional and psychosocial health problems and needs of cancer survivors requires cross-national and cross-cultural standardization of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) que...

    Marieke van Leeuwen, Jacobien M. Kieffer, Fabio Efficace, Sophie D. Fosså, Michel Bolla, Laurence Collette, Marc Colombel, Ugo De Giorgi, Bernhard Holzner, Lonneke V. van de Poll-Franse, Hendrik van Poppel, Jeff White, Ronald de Wit, Susanne Osanto and Neil K. Aaronson

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:97

    Published on: 11 May 2017

  12. Research

    Feasibility of the Participation and Activity Inventory for Children and Youth (PAI-CY) and Young Adults (PAI-YA) with a visual impairment: a pilot study

    Having a visual impairment affects quality of life, daily functioning and participation. To assess rehabilitation needs of visually impaired children and young adults, the Participation and Activity Inventory ...

    Ellen Bernadette Maria Elsman, Ruth Marie Antoinette van Nispen and Gerardus Hermanus Maria Bartholomeus van Rens

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:98

    Published on: 11 May 2017

  13. Research

    An assessment of quality of life for early phase after adjuvant radiotherapy in breast cancer survivors: a Korean multicenter survey (KROG 14–09)

    Quality of life (QoL) has become a major concern as the survival time of breast cancer increases. We investigated the changes in QoL through comprehensive categorical analysis, for the first three years after ...

    Chai Hong Rim, Sung-Ja Ahn, Jin Hee Kim, Won Sup Yoon, Mison Chun, Dae Sik Yang, Jong-Hoon Lee, Kyubo Kim, Moonkyoo Kong, Suzy Kim, Juree Kim, Kyung Ran Park, Young-Joo Shin, Sun Young Ma, Bae-Kwon Jeong, Su Ssan Kim…

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:96

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  14. Research

    Quality of life of depressed and suicidal patients seeking services from traditional and faith healers in rural Kenya

    In rural Kenya, traditional and faith healers provide an alternative pathway to health care, including mental health care. However, not much is known about the characteristics of the populations they serve. Th...

    Christine W. Musyimi, Victoria N. Mutiso, Sameera S. Nayak, David M. Ndetei, David C. Henderson and Joske Bunders

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:95

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  15. Research

    Tinnitus functional index: validation of the German version for Switzerland

    Different standardized questionnaires are used to assess tinnitus severity, making comparisons across studies difficult. These questionnaires are also used to measure treatment-related changes in tinnitus alth...

    Nicole Peter, Tobias Kleinjung, Raphael Jeker, Martin Meyer, Richard Klaghofer and Steffi Weidt

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:94

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  16. Research

    Reliability analysis of the Chinese version of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy – Leukemia (FACT-Leu) scale based on multivariate generalizability theory

    The Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy–Leukemia (FACT-Leu) scale, a leukemia-specific instrument for determining the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with leukemia, had been developed an...

    Qiong Meng, Zheng Yang, Yang Wu, Yuanyuan Xiao, Xuezhong Gu, Meixia Zhang, Chonghua Wan and Xiaosong Li

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:93

    Published on: 4 May 2017

  17. Research

    Functional disability associated with disease and quality-of-life parameters in Chinese patients with rheumatoid arthritis

    As an important outcome measure among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, functional disability may contribute to unemployment, loss of work productivity, and impaired quality of life. However, little is known...

    Juan Ji, Lijuan Zhang, Qiuxiang Zhang, Rulan Yin, Ting Fu, Liren Li and Zhifeng Gu

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:89

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  18. Research

    Validation of the short forms of the Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI-20), Pelvic Floor Impact Questionnaire (PFIQ-7), and Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12) in Finnish

    Although several validated generic health-related quality of life instruments exist, disease-specific instruments are important as they are often more sensitive to changes in symptom severity. It is essential ...

    Nina Kristiina Mattsson, Kari Nieminen, Anna-Mari Heikkinen, Jyrki Jalkanen, Sari Koivurova, Marja-Liisa Eloranta, Pia Suvitie and Anna-Maija Tolppanen

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:88

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  19. Research

    Quality of life improvement in Latinas receiving combined substance use disorders and trauma-specific treatment: a cohort evaluation report

    This study evaluates the benefits of integrating behavioral health and trauma services for Latinas with a history drug use. Changes in quality of life (QOL) domains were documented after participation in a man...

    Miguel A. Cruz-Feliciano, Christine Miranda-Díaz, Diana M. Fernández-Santos, Darice Orobitg-Brenes, Robert F. Hunter-Mellado and Ibis S. Carrión-González

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:90

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  20. Research

    Using patient values and preferences to inform the importance of health outcomes in practice guideline development following the GRADE approach

    There are diverse opinions and confusion about defining and including patient values and preferences (i.e. the importance people place on the health outcomes) in the guideline development processes. This artic...

    Yuan Zhang, Pablo Alonso Coello, Jan Brożek, Wojtek Wiercioch, Itziar Etxeandia-Ikobaltzeta, Elie A. Akl, Joerg J. Meerpohl, Waleed Alhazzani, Alonso Carrasco-Labra, Rebecca L. Morgan, Reem A. Mustafa, John J. Riva, Ainsley Moore, Juan José Yepes-Nuñez, Carlos Cuello-Garcia, Zulfa AlRayees…

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:52

    Published on: 2 May 2017

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