Table of contents

  • Preliminary material (167K PDF)
    • Title page and verso
    • Foreword
    • Contents
    • List of tables and figures
    • Contributors
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Executive summary
    • Recommendations
      1. HRQoL measures
      2. Approaches to population monitoring of HRQoL
      3. HRQoL measures in children
      4. Further research
  • Sections
    1. Introduction (218K PDF)
      • 1.1 Objectives
      • 1.2 Health-related quality of life
        • 1.2.1 Why measure HRQoL
        • 1.2.2 Components of HRQoL
        • 1.2.3 Relation to disability
      • 1.3 Population health monitoring

        • 1.3.1 Current monitoring activities in Australia

        • 1.3.2 Challenges in monitoring asthma

    2. Conceptual framework for measuring HRQoL in asthma (214K PDF)
      • 2.1 How does asthma affect HRQoL
      • 2.2 Purposes of measuring HRQoL
        • 2.2.1 Discrimination
        • 2.2.2 Evaluation
        • 2.2.3 Prediction
      • 2.3 Types of HRQoL measures
        • 2.3.1 Generic and specific HRQoL measures
        • 2.3.2 Utility scales
      • 2.4 Attributes of HRQoL measures.
        • 2.4.1 Validity
        • 2.4.2 Reliability
        • 2.4.3 Responsiveness and sensitivity
        • 2.4.4 Interpretability
        • 2.4.5 Feasibility and practical issues
        • 2.4.6 Applicability to special populations
      • 2.5 Breadth and depth of HRQoL measures
        • 2.5.1 Single item and brief measures
        • 2.5.2 Multi-item and multi-dimensional HRQoL profiles
        • 2.5.3 Dynamic health assessment
      • 2.6 Examples of population monitoring of HRQoL: two Australian health surveys
      • 2.7 Selecting HRQoL measures for population monitoring
        • 2.7.1 Comparisons of the impact of different diseases or health states
        • 2.7.2 Monitoring changes over time
        • 2.7.3 Resource allocation
    3. Evaluation of HRQoL measures used in asthma (248K PDF)
      • 3.1 Review inclusion criteria
      • 3.2 Framework for assessment of HRQoL measures
      • 3.3 Evaluation of measures in relation to monitoring tasks
        • 3.3.1 Generic measures
        • 3.3.2 Disease-specific measures
        • 3.3.3 Utility scales
        • 3.3.4 Measuring HRQoL in children
    4. Conclusions (90K PDF)
      • 4.1 Approaches to monitoring using currently available measures
      • 4.2 Future directions
  • End Matter (627.7K PDF)
    • Glossary
    • Appendix A: Evaluation of HRQoL measurement instruments
    • Appendix B: Excluded measures
    • References