Recent advances in patient and proxy-reported quality of life research
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BACKGROUND: A number of articles addressing various aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) were published in the Health and Quality of Life Outcomes (HQLO) journal in 2012 and 2013. This review provides a summary of studies describing recent methodological advances and innovations in HRQoL felt to be of relevance to clinicians and researchers. METHODS: Scoping review of original research articles, reviews and short reports published in the HQLO journal in 2012 and 2013. Publications describing methodological advances and innovations in HRQoL were reviewed in detail, summarized and grouped into thematic categories. RESULTS: 358 titles and abstracts were screened initially, and 16 were considered relevant and incorporated in this review. Two studies discussed development and interpretation of HRQoL outcomes; two described pediatric HRQoL measurement; four involved incorporation of HRQoL in economic evaluations; and eight described methodological issues and innovations in HRQoL measures. CONCLUSIONS: Several studies describing important advancements and innovations in HRQoL, such as the development of the PROMIS pediatric proxy-item bank and guidelines for constructing patient-reported outcome (PRO) instruments, were published in the HQLO journal in 2012 and 2013. Proposed future directions for the majority of these studies include extension and further validation of the research across a diverse range of health conditions.
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