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Reumatologia/Rheumatology
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5/2009
vol. 47
 
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Measuring quality of life in patients with osteoporosis - a review of generic and disease-specific quality of life measurement scales

Grażyna Bączyk

Reumatologia 2009; 47, 5: 300-306
Online publish date: 2009/12/29
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The principal goals of health care for patients with osteoporosis are to: prevent fractures, minimize functional loss, maintain independence, and preserve quality of life. In the past two decades, health status instruments have proven to be valuable, relevant outcome measures in both clinical trials and clinical practice. Questionnaires based on health status variables, such as mobility, mood, and social function, are particularly relevant because they assess the aspects of outcome that most concern the individual patient. Generic health status instruments can be used to compare patients with different diseases. Since important areas for specific patient groups may be omitted, disease-specific instruments have also appeared for patients with osteoporosis.
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measuring, generic scales, disease-specific scales, validation of questionnaire, quality of life, osteoporosis







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