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Measuring quality of life
  1. Christine Eiser1,
  2. Meriel Jenney2
  1. 1Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Meriel Jenney
    Children’s Hospital for Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; meriel.jenney{at}


Progress in the assessment of quality of life (QoL) measures for children and their value in clinical practice are considered. The most parsimonious approach to assessment includes modular assessment of generic and disease-specific QoL. Differences occur between child and parent proxy ratings, so it is recommended that ratings from multiple observers are made where possible. QoL measures may be of value in clinical practice, but the inadequate availability of the resources necessary to analyse results and provide the required support is a major barrier. Although the assessment of QoL in children remains challenging, its value is increasingly recognised by both researchers and clinicians.

  • children
  • quality of life
  • proxy ratings

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