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Author Barofsky, Ivan.
Title Quality : its definition and measurement as applied to the medically ill / Ivan Barofsky.
Imprint New York : Springer, 2012.

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Author Barofsky, Ivan.
Subject Quality of life.
Sick -- Services for.
Sick -- Social conditions.
Medical care.
Quality of Life.
Description 1 online resource (xviii, 496 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The Difficulty of Assessing Quality or Quality-of-Life -- The Role of Language in Assessing Quality or Quality-ofLife -- What Role Do Cognitive Processes Play in Assessing Quality or Quality-of-Life? -- The Role of Objective or Subjective Indicators -- The Role of Signs or Symptoms -- Summary Measurement: The Role of Categories or Domains -- Symptoms and HRQOL Assessment -- Health Status and HRQOL Assessment -- Functional Status and HRQOL -- Neurocognition and HRQOL Assessment -- Well-Being as an Indicator of Quality or Quality-of-Life -- Summary and Future Directions.
Summary Quality, as exemplified by Quality-of-life (QoL) assessment, is frequently discussed among health care professionals and often invoked as a goal for improvement, but somehow rarely defined, even as it is regularly assessed. It is understood that some medical patients have a better QoL than others, but should the QoL achieved be compared to an ideal state, or is it too personal and subjective to gauge? Can a better understanding of the concept help health care systems deliver services more effectively? Is QoL worth measuring at all? Integrating concepts from psychology, philosophy, neurocognition, and linguistics, this book attempts to answer these complex questions. It also breaks down the cognitive-linguistic components that comprise the judgment of quality, including description, evaluation, and valuations, and applies them to issues specific to individuals with chronic medical illness. In this context, quality/QoL assessment becomes an essential contributor to ethical practice, a critical step towards improving the nature of social interactions. The author considers linear, non-linear, and complexity-based models in analyzing key methodology and content issues in health-related QoL assessment, including: Objective versus subjective indicators. Signs and symptoms, e.g., pain and fatigue. Categories and domains. Health status and quality of care. Functional status. Neurocognitive capacity/degeneration. Well-being and emotional regulation. Determinants of Valuation. The role of Fundamental Measurement. This book is certain to stimulate debate in the research and scientific communities. Its forward-looking perspective takes great strides toward promoting a common cognitive-linguistic model of how the judgment of quality occurs, thereby contributing important conceptual and empirical tools to its varied applications, including QoL assessment.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781441998194 (electronic bk.)
1441998195 (electronic bk.)
9781441998187 (hbk.)
1441998187 (hbk.)
OCLC # 756512268
Additional Format Print version: Quality. New York : Springer, 2012 9781441998187 1441998187 (OCoLC)751518690

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