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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Research

    Nutritional status and quality of life of cancer patients needing exclusive chemotherapy: a longitudinal study

    The aims of this study were to report nutritional status in a large panel of patients with cancer requiring exclusive chemotherapy and to study the influence of nutritional status on their quality of life (QoL).

    Sebastien Salas, Sophie Mercier, Benjamin Moheng, Sandrine Olivet, Marie-Eve Garcia, Sophie Hamon, Camille Sibertin-Blanc, Florence Duffaud, Pascal Auquier and Karine Baumstarck

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:85

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  17. Research

    A systematic approach for studying the signs and symptoms of fever in adult patients: the fever assessment tool (FAST)

    Although body temperature is one of four key vital signs routinely monitored and treated in clinical practice, relatively little is known about the symptoms associated with febrile states. The purpose of this ...

    Nancy J. Ames, John H. Powers, Alexandra Ranucci, Kyungsook Gartrell, Li Yang, Mark VanRaden, Nancy Kline Leidy and Gwenyth R. Wallen

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:84

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  18. Research

    Oral impacts on quality of life and problem-oriented attendance among South East London adults

    Dental care seeking behaviour is often driven by symptoms. The value of oral health related quality of life (OHRQoL) measures to predict utilisation of dental services is unknown. This study aims to explore th...

    Piyada Gaewkhiew, Eduardo Bernabé, Jennifer E. Gallagher, Charlotte Klass and Elsa K. Delgado-Angulo

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:82

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  19. Commentary

    Manifesto: towards a clinically-oriented psychometrics

    New technologies to collect patient - reported outcomes have substantially solved the challenge of integrating a questionnaire in a busy clinical practice. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we have been collecting ...

    Andrew J. Vickers and Ling Y. Chen

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:83

    Published on: 26 April 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:112

  20. Research

    Health related quality of life in Dutch infants, toddlers, and young children

    The purpose of this study is to provide Dutch normative data and to assess internal consistency and known-groups validity for the TNO AZL Preschool Children Quality of Life (TAPQOL) and the acute version of th...

    S. A. Schepers, H. A. van Oers, H. Maurice-Stam, J. Huisman, C. M. Verhaak, M. A. Grootenhuis and L. Haverman

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:81

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  21. Review

    Social and behavioral interventions for improving quality of life of HIV infected people receiving antiretroviral therapy: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Improvement in quality of life is crucial for HIV infected people. Social and behavioral interventions have been implemented in different contexts to improve the quality of life among HIV infected people. This...

    Dharma Nand Bhatta, Tippawan Liabsuetrakul and Edward B. McNeil

    Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2017 15:80

    Published on: 24 April 2017

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