Who, How, and What? Quality of Life and Psychosocial Cancer Research

  • Helle Ploug HansenEmail author
  • Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 52)


“Quality of life” is a key concept in research and clinical practice on severe and chronic diseases. There is, therefore, a need to scrutinize and reflect on the concept and discuss how one might best go about investigating and assessing what constitutes quality of life for people with chronic diseases and disabilities. In this chapter we address the ways in which knowledge concerning quality of life is produced. We take the field of psychosocial cancer research and cancer rehabilitation research as our starting point for a critical discussion of the modes of knowledge that form basis for the quality of life research. We conclude that an understanding of the quality of life of severe and chronic ill people could benefit from employing multidisciplinary research approaches.


Knowledge Production Object Knowledge Relational Knowledge Life Study International Clinical Trial 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



The projects were supported by the Danish Cancer Society. The researchers also thank the Danish Milieu for Humanistic Cancer Research for facilitating inspiring discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Public HealthUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdense CDenmark
  2. 2.National Institute of Public HealthUniversity of Southern DenmarkCopenhagen KDenmark

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