Project: Research project

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DESCRIPTION (Applicant's Description)

The purpose of this proposal is to hold a consensus meeting on assessing
clinical significance for quality of life (QOL) measurement in oncology. The
major outcome of this consensus meeting will be to produce a monograph which
sets out the primary methods, challenges, and solutions for assessing clinical
significance for QOL measurement in oncology. We will bring together twenty
of the leading experts on this topic to a "think tank", with the goal of
producing a state-of-the-science summary on this topic. We will identify six
primary issues surrounding the assessment of clinical significance and assign
teams of three to five of the experts to prepare draft summary documents in
advance of the meeting. The meeting format will be targeted to promote the
discussion of and refinement of the six draft documents by the twenty experts
in QOL research.

These documents subsequently will be gathered together into a single monograph
to be published in the spring of 2001. In the fall of 2001, we will host a
second meeting with open registration to discuss more fully and disseminate
the material produced from the consensus meeting. Hence the ultimate product
of this meeting will be to set out the state of the science in terms of
assessing clinical significance for QOL measurement in oncology. This will
provide tangible benefit to all oncology researchers who at present are
struggling with the basic problem of how to measure QOL and to assess when a
clinically significant change has occurred.
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