Measuring and analysing quality of life in cancer clinical trials: A review

P. M. Fayers*, D. R. Jones

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After brief consideration of the definition of the term ‘quality of life’, methods previously adopted and problems encountered in assessing and evaluating quality of life in clinical studies of cancer are reviewed. Desirable properties of any such assessment methods and approaches to the analysis of quality of life data are discussed. Illustrations are provided by reference to the methods of assessment of quality of life incorporated in two recently‐initiated studies of cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-446
Number of pages18
JournalStatistics in Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1983



  • Cancer treatment
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical trials
  • Quality of life
  • Quality of survival
  • Side effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics and Probability

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