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Methodological considerations in the assessment of health related quality of life in children

Journal article
Authors Ann Erling
Published in Acta Paediatrica
Volume 88
Issue s428
Pages 106-107
ISSN 0803-5253
Publication year 1999
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 106-107
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.1999...
Keywords Children, health-related quality of life
Subject categories Psychology, Children

Abstract

Health-related quality of life (HRQL) can be described as the psychological and social aspects of a patient's health, and as the patient's view of his or her condition and its treatment. Doctors, parents and children have different views of a child's HRQL. This is not because one has the right perception and the others are wrong, but because they see different aspects of the child's HRQL. Only the children themselves can provide a subjective perception of their HRQL. The practical and conceptual considerations required when assessing children's HRQL are discussed.

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