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Concept: Quality-of-life index


This paper identifies predictors of recovery trajectories of quality of life (QoL), health status and personal wellbeing in the two years following colorectal cancer surgery.

Concepts: Epidemiology, Quality, Quality of life, Colorectal cancer, Gross domestic product, Quality-of-life index


This pilot trial aimed to study the feasibility and effects on quality of life (QOL) and well-being of short-term fasting (STF) during chemotherapy in patients with gynecological cancer.

Concepts: Cancer, Metastasis, Quality, Quality of life, BRCA2, Quality-of-life index


The rate of contralateral prophylactic mastectomies (CPMs) continues to rise, although there is little evidence to support improvement in quality of life (QOL) with CPM. We sought to ascertain whether patient-reported outcomes and, more specifically, QOL differed according to receipt of CPM.

Concepts: Life, Quality, Quality of life, According to Jim, Quality-of-life index, Mastectomy, CPM



BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease with a significant impact on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Tofacitinib (CP-690,550) is a novel, oral Janus kinase inhibitor that is being investigated as a targeted immunomodulator. OBJECTIVE: This Phase 2b study assessed three tofacitinib dosage regimens vs. placebo to characterize the efficacy and safety of tofacitinib in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis. We report the patient-reported outcome (PRO) data. METHODS: A total of 197 patients were randomized to tofacitinib 2, 5, 15 mg twice daily or placebo for 12 weeks. Six PRO questionnaires were completed during the study: Dermatology Life Quality Index, Itch Severity Score (ISS), Short Form-36 questionnaire, version 2 (SF-36), Pain/Discomfort Assessment (PDA), Patient Satisfaction with Study Medication (PSSM) item and Patient Global Assessment of psoriasis. RESULTS: Treatment with tofacitinib resulted in significant, dose-dependent improvements in several PROs vs. placebo from week 2 onwards. At week 12, least squares mean changes from baseline for Dermatology life quality index, ISS and SF-36 mental component scores were significantly greater for all active drug arms vs. placebo (P < 0.05), and significantly greater for tofacitinib 5 and 15 mg for SF-36 physical component scores vs. placebo (P < 0.05). At week 12, all dose groups had significantly greater numbers of patients reporting 'Clear' or 'Almost clear' on the PtGA vs. placebo. CONCLUSION: In patients with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis, short-term (12-week) treatment with oral twice-daily tofacitinib improves HRQoL outcomes and patient assessment of disease severity and symptoms, with an early onset noted.

Concepts: Medical terms, Hospital, Quality, Quality of life, Assessment, Psoriasis, Quality-of-life index


Morquio A syndrome (or mucopolysaccharidosis IVa) is an ultra-rare multi-organ disease, resulting in significantly impaired functional capacity, mobility and quality of life (QoL).

Concepts: Life, Quality, Quality of life, Quality-of-life index, Mucopolysaccharidosis, Morquio syndrome


To determine whether demographic, injury, health, and functional factors similarly have the same predictive relationship with both somatic and non-somatic symptoms of depression, as well as whether somatic and non-somatic symptoms of depression have the same association with quality of life (QOL).

Concepts: Life, Evaluation, Quality, Quality of life, Gross domestic product, Quality-of-life index


There is a very limited amount of data available regarding the relationship between alopecia areata (AA) and psychiatric morbidity and quality of life (QoL) in children and adolescents.

Concepts: Life, Quality, Quality of life, Quality-of-life index, Alopecia areata


Physical and psychosocial deficits have been reported in people living with chronic wounds. While the negative impact of these factors on an individual’s quality of life (QoL) is well documented, there has been little research into the well-being of those living with chronic wounds, despite recent calls for increased attention to this related, yet distinct construct. This paper introduces the Well-being in Wounds Inventory (WOWI) and provides support for the WOWI as a valid and reliable measure of well-being in patients living with chronic wounds.

Concepts: Quality, Quality of life, Quality-of-life index, Human Development Index