Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH
Medical care is increasingly concerned with the management of chronic diseases, for which cure is impossible but death is a distant eventuality. In this circumstance, the goal of medical care often is to optimize the patient's quality of life. If improving the quality of life is an important goal of medical therapy, it should be measured as an outcome in therapeutic research. We have, however, been slow and sometimes reluctant to quantify such a subjective, personal, and human characteristic.
Two articles in this issue illustrate the increasing efforts that are being made to measure this important domain (1, 2). As
Deyo RA. The Quality of Life, Research, and Care. Ann Intern Med. ;114:695–697. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-8-695
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(8):695-697.
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