Critical Issues and Needs in Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment of Children and Adolescents With Chronic Health Conditions
Rachel Levi Case Western Reserve University
Dennis Drotar Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital
The purpose of this chapter is to provide a general introduction to health-related quality of life (HRQOL) assessment in children and adolescents with chronic health conditions. We describe various approaches that have been utilized to assess child and adolescent HRQOL, and critical issues that have arisen in this field.
The definition of health provided by The World Health Organization (WHO) as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" ( WHO, 1948) has been