Clinical Applications Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment for Children and Adolescents
Dennis Drotar, Rachel Levi, Tonya M. Palermo, Kristin A. Riekert, Jane R. Robinson, Natalie Walders Case Western Reserve University
Clinical applications in HRQOL assessment of children and adolescents are important topics that have been neglected in current research and writing. Conference participants clearly recognized the need for additional data to support clinical applications of measures of HRQOL for children and adolescents (see following chapter on recommendations for research). At the same time, many participants felt that the field would be served by articulating the opportunities for greater application of HRQOL assessments in clinical and policy-related contexts. The purpose of this chapter is to summarize directions for clinical applications of HRQOL assessment and describe strategies to facilitate them.
Conference participants envisioned the following potential applications of HRQOL measures: (a) health surveillance and screening for broad populations of children and adolescents; (b) needs assessment and treatment planning for children with chronic health conditions; (c) monitoring children's health status over the course of treatment for chronic conditions; (d) evaluating the impact of managed care and human services; and (e) assessing patients' experiences with health care. Potential consumers