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Raritan, NJ, USA – A collaboration designed to open dialogue between industry and government leaders has found “great potential” for social media to support content validity of patient-reported outcomes (PRO) instruments, and outlined how the use of social media can

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Can HIV Patients Assess Their Own Quality of Life?

Bangkok, Thailand – The treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with medicines, so-called “Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART),” can prolong patients’ lives, but may affect their daily activities due to side-effects, drug interactions, or strict dosing schedules. As patients need to

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Estimation Of Potential Gain In Quality Of Life From Early Detection Of Cervical Cancer

Tainan, Taiwan – Each year, about 528,000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported worldwide. In Taiwan, a screening program exists for early detection, which can save life-years for those individuals who are affected, but the effect on quality of life still

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Posted in Brief Report, Value in Health

Linking Profile To Preference-Based Measures – Don’t Regress

Aberdeen, UK & Los Angeles, CA, USA – Health-related quality of life measures can provide useful information to decision makers involved in health care resource allocation.  These decision makers are concerned with the planning of health care services and are often interested

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Quality Of Life In Heart Patients: The Way You Measure Drives The Results

Gent, Belgium – Pain, anxiety, and functional or social limitations can cause an impaired Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in heart patients. Several measures exist to assess HRQoL, with some of them, such as the EQ-5D and the SF-6D (derived from

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Bayesian Meta-Analysis Of Diverse Sources Of Evidence Can Expedite Health Technology Assessments

Leicester, United Kingdom – In health technology assessment, decisions about the availability of new health technologies within a national health service are largely based on effectiveness estimates. Variability in reported outcomes measured by alternative instruments, or extended follow-up time of clinical

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