, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 379-381
Date: 22 Sep 2012

Health-Related Quality of Life and Regulatory Issues in the US and Canada

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Dr Judith Glennie addresses HR-QOL issues in the article entitled Health-Related Quality of Life and Regulatory Issues in the US and Canada.[1] This article is timely as health-related quality of life is increasingly being recognised as an important indicator of patient well-being. Time spent in clinical practice gives the impression that patients are as concerned with how well they will feel on a given treatment, as they are with the effect the treatment will have on a particular symptom complex. While patients are concerned about morbidity and mortality treatment effects, the importance of health-related quality of life to patients is often underestimated. Many have witnessed (or participated) in interactions where the physician’s perspective is that the patient is ‘doing well and that no change in treatment is indicated’ but the patient feels most unwell and wants to change either treatment or physician. The importance given to HR-QOL information therefore depends upon the perspecti ...