Quality of life science: Implications for cancer nursing

Sally E. Thorne, Carol R. Jillings


Recent developments in the sophistication of health-related quality of life measurement instruments mean that quality of life assessment can now be integrated into many components of cancer treatment and program evaluation as well as in clinical trials of new therapeutic approaches. While such initiatives clearly underscore a welcomed enthusiasm for attending to the effects of illness and treatment upon human lived experience, uncritical acceptance of their application may create new problems for oncology nursing researchers and clinicians. In this paper, a critical analysis of quality of life science makes explicit both its strengths and its limitations, and challenges oncology nurses to apply reasoned judgment to the acceptance of appropriate applications in both clinical research and practice.

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