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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

On-line version ISSN 2386-8201Print version ISSN 1699-695X


GARCIA ALCARAZ, Francisco; ALFARO ESPIN, Antonia  and  MORENO SOTOS, José Luis. Evaluation of health outcome: Overview of the use of patient-based Health Outcome measures in clinical practice. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2009, vol.2, n.6, pp.286-293. ISSN 2386-8201.

Assessment of healthcare quality has become very important in the last few years. The aim is to improve healthcare practices, update healthcare professionals’ knowledge and achieve the best health outcomes. The aim of this study is to provide an overview of the use of patient-based health outcome measures in clinical practice. In the studies analysed, the most commonly used questionnaires to measure the impact of Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in different patient populations are the SF-36 and NHP. The subjective assessment measures of HRQoL used in clinical practice constitute a complementary criterion in the healthcare of patients with diseases in which the morbidity-mortality indicators do not fully express the impact of the disease on the individual and on society. In spite of this, the current questionnaires do not take into account certain dimensions and need to be perfected and extended in the future.

Keywords : Quality of Life; Sickness Impact Profile; Patient Satisfaction.

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