Quality of Life Research

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 19–29

The CARES: a generic measure of health-related quality of life for patients with cancer

  • P. A. Ganz
  • C. A. C. Schag
  • J. J. Lee
  • M. -S. Sim
Research Papers

DOI: 10.1007/BF00435432

Cite this article as:
Ganz, P.A., Schag, C.A.C., Lee, J.J. et al. Qual Life Res (1992) 1: 19. doi:10.1007/BF00435432

Abstract

In spite of the prevalence of neoplastic disorders as a cause of chronic illness, very few of the currently available generic measures of health-related quality of life or health status have been utilized with cancer patients. In this paper we reviewed our studies with the Cancer Rehabilitation Evaluation System (CARES), a cancer-specific measure of rehabilitation needs and quality of life. We present data to demonstrate that the CARES is a generic measure of health-related quality of life, suitable for use in the many different diseases called cancer. The data that form the basis for this paper were collected during a decade of research on the CARES. This paper represents the first discussion of the performance of the CARES across separate cancer sites and phases of the disease. In addition, we demonstrated that the CARES is responsive to changes in health-related quality of life over time. Finally, we will discuss the application of the CARES in clinical and research settings.

Key words

Cancer CARES quality of life 

Copyright information

© Rapid Communications of Oxford Ltd 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. A. Ganz
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. A. C. Schag
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. J. Lee
    • 4
    • 5
  • M. -S. Sim
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of MedicineUCLA-San Fernando Valley Program, VAMCSepulvedaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Cancer Control, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer CenterUCLALos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral SciencesUCLALos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of BiostatisticsUCLA School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.The BASE Unit, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer CenterUCLALos AngelesUSA

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