Oncology QOL Clinical Significance Consensus Meeting

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant):
The purpose of this proposal is to hold an open registration conference on
assessing clinical significance for quality of life (QOL) measurement in
oncology to be held April 5-6, 2002 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
Minnesota. The primary goals of this meeting are to disseminate and debate
consensus statements produced as a result of the prior invitational consensus
meeting. This consensus meeting was held October 6-7, 2000. We brought
together thirty of the leading experts on the topic of clinical significance
to a "think tank" at the Mayo Clinic with the goal of producing a state-of-
the-science summary on this topic. The major outcome of this consensus
meeting was to produce a series of six papers (plus a seventh introductory
paper), and a monograph which sets out the primary methods, challenges, and
solutions for assessing clinical significance for QOL measurement in oncology.
The proposed conference will focus on the six primary issues discussed at the
consensus meeting. These include:

1) methods used to date for clinical significance (advantages, problems)
2) group versus individual clinical significant differences
3) single item versus summated scale scores
4) patient versus clinician versus population perspective of clinical
5) assessing changes over time
6) incorporating QOL assessment into clinical practice and communicating

This information will provide tangible information for clinicians who are
interested in assessing QOL: and for researchers who debate when a QOL
instrument measurement change represents a clinical significant change for the
Effective start/end date4/1/023/31/03


  • National Cancer Institute: $5,000.00


  • Medicine(all)


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