Alvin R. Tarlov, MD
The article by Wachtel and colleagues concerning quality of life in persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, published in this issue (1), is noteworthy in at least two ways. It quantifies the devastating effects on functioning and well-being by each of the major sequelae of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and, more generally, it provides additional empiric justification for the introduction of measures of functional status and well-being into everyday practice to improve the effectiveness of medical care.
The authors showed that constitutional symptoms, neurologic symptoms, dyspnea, or diarrhea had steep gradient effects (in proportion to their frequency) on
Tarlov AR. Outcomes Assessment and Quality of Life in Patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. Ann Intern Med. ;116:166–167. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-2-166
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(2):166-167.
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