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The Quality of Life, Research, and Care

Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH
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Grant Support: In part by the Northwest Health Services Research and Development Field Program, the Seattle Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and grant HS-06344 from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Requests for Reprints: Richard A. Deyo, MD, MPH, HSR&D (152), Seattle Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1660 South Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108.

Seattle Veterans Affairs Medical Center
University of Washington at Seattle
Seattle, WA 98108

Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(8):695-697. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-114-8-695
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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


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