Project Summary and
Measurement of quality of life is possible using standardised
questionnaires. Patients may be screened for psychosocial morbidity and
monitored using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the
EORTC QLQ-C30 developed for each cancer site.
These and related questionnaires have now been used in clinical trials and
for screening patients for psychosocial morbidity, as indicators of
prognosis and for judging the effects of clinical interventions.
It will be difficult to take this field forward unless easy automated
methods are developed for routine use of this approach in clinical
practice, routine and inexpensive use in clinical research and application
in very large numbers for the evaluation of the impact of health service
changes on quality of life outcomes.
The researchers propose to develop and evaluate automated methods for
measuring quality of life data in cancer patients based on touchscreen
monitors and computers, as well as an optical analysis of questionnaires
and direct links from scanning devices into computerised databases.
Wright, E.P., Smith, A.B., Cull, A., Velikova, G., Gould, A., Forman, D.,
Perren, T.J., Brown, J., Stead, M., & Selby, P.J. Automated screening
and recording of quality of life data: A comparison of data capture
methods. Psycho-Oncology. 1998; 7, no.1: p67.
Galina Velikova, Laura Botth, Adam B Smith, Paul M Brown, Pamela Lynch,
Julia M Brown, Peter J Selby. Measuring
Quality of Life in routine oncology practice improves communication and
patient well-being: a randomised controlled trial.
Journal of Clinical Oncology (2004) 22:714-724.
Velikova G, Wright EP, Smith AB, Cull Am Gould A, Forman D, Perren TJ,
Brown J, Stead M, & Selby PJ. Effect of mode of administration of
Quality of Life (QL) Measures on patients responses. Scientific Meeting
of the European Society for Psychosocial Oncology, Stockholm, Sweden,
Wright, EP, Smith AB, Cull A, Velikova G, Gould A, Forman D, Perren TJ,
Brown J, Stead M, & Selby PJ. 14th Annual Conference of
the British Psychosocial Oncology Society, December 1997.
Smith, AB., et al. Touchscreen administration of the QLQ-C30. EORTC
Quality of Life Study Group meeting, April 1998.
Smith AB., et al. Automated collection of QL data. Nottingham
International Breast Cancer Conference, October 1997.
Smith AB., et al. Automated QL. Meeting of Clinical Psychologists
Working in Oncology, October 1997.
Smith AB, Wright EP, Cull A, Forman D, Peren TJ, Velikova G, & Selby
PJ. Automated screening and recording of quality of life data: A
comparison of data capture methods. Association of Physicians of Great
Britain and Ireland Annual Meeting, April 1998.
Smith AB, Wright EP, Cull A, Forman D, Gould A, Perren TJ, Velikova G,
& Selby PJ. Automated screening and recording of quality of life data:
A comparison of data capture methods. ICRF colloquium, March
Further information may be
Professor Peter Selby
Chairman R&D Expert Advisory Group on Cancer
Institute for Cancer Studies
University of Leeds
St James' University Hospital
Leeds LS9 7TF