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Quality of Life Research

An International Journal of Quality of Life Aspects of Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation - Official Journal of the International Society of Quality of Life Research

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23-02-2018 | Commentary Open Access

Some recommendations for developing multidimensional computerized adaptive tests for patient-reported outcomes

Multidimensional applications of item response theory (IRT) are seen as a somewhat theoretical—albeit desirable—addition to the toolkit of QoL researchers [ 1 – 3 ]. However, the number of studies published in Quality of Life Research taking …

21-02-2018 Open Access

Assessing the equivalence of Web-based and paper-and-pencil questionnaires using differential item and test functioning (DIF and DTF) analysis: a case of the Four-Dimensional Symptom Questionnaire (4DSQ)

Many questionnaires have been developed and validated as paper-and-pencil (P&P) questionnaires. However, over the past few decades, many of these questionnaires have increasingly been administered using electronic formats, in particular as …

20-02-2018 | Special Section: Test Construction (by invitation only) Open Access

Application of validity theory and methodology to patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs): building an argument for validity

The use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) to inform decision making about patient and population healthcare has increased exponentially in the past 30 years [ 1 – 8 ]. However, a sound theoretical basis for validation of PROMs is not …


Patients with refractory ascites treated with alfapump® system have better health-related quality of life as compared to those treated with large volume paracentesis: the results of a multicenter randomized controlled study

Ascites is pathologic accumulation of peritoneal fluid which is typically associated with a significant volume and hormonal dysregulation in the setting of cirrhosis and portal hypertension [ 1 ]. Ascites is a common complication of cirrhosis, with …


Health-related quality of life among US military personnel injured in combat: findings from the Wounded Warrior Recovery Project

More than 52,000 service members were wounded in action during Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn (OIF/OEF/OND) [ 1 – 3 ]. Survival rates were the highest on record because of advancements in personal protective equipment …

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Quality of Life Research is an international, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the rapid communication of original research, theoretical articles and methodological reports related to the field of quality of life, in all the health sciences. The journal also offers editorials, literature, book and software reviews, correspondence and abstracts of conferences.

Quality of life has become a prominent issue in biometry, philosophy, social science, clinical medicine, health services and outcomes research. The journal's scope reflects the wide application of quality of life assessment and research in the biological and social sciences. All original work is subject to peer review for originality, scientific quality and relevance to a broad readership.

This is the official journal of the International Society of Quality of Life Research.

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