Chapters in medical management - Assessment of health related quality of life - Part 2 - Health state measures

Einav Horowitz, Hilit Hassidim, Ifat Abadi-Korek, Joshua Shemer

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Abstract

Health State Measures (HSMs) are one of the existing methods for assessing Health Related Quality of Life. These measures provide a quantitative description of the quality of life across different aspects of living - physical, emotional and social. They allow us to determine the effects of diseases and medical interventions on each of those aspects.Health state measures may be generic - applicable to all conditions and populations, or focus on the unique features of a specific disease, state or group. This article discusses the differences in scope and responsiveness between generic and specific HSMs, with an emphasis on Minimal Clinically Important Difference, and their significance in regard to the selection and use of these questionnaires. The article also provides a short overview of the most commonly used HSMs - Sickness Impact Profile (SIP), Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) and Medical Outcome Study 36-Item Short Form (SF-36).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)820-824
Number of pages5
JournalHarefuah
Volume147
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • Health state measures
  • Medical Outcome Study 36-item Short Form
  • Minimal clinically important difference
  • Nottingham Health Profile
  • Sickness Impact Profile

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