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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

Concepts and Measurement of Health Status and Health-Related Quality of Life
Concepts and measurement of health status and health-related quality of life
Introduction

The approach of a new century naturally beckons reflections on past, present, and future conditions in science as well as in other domains of life. Over the past 30 years, the field of health status assessment has generated dozens of tools that use patient self-report to measure functional status, emotional well-being, and subjective perceptions of health. These tools can be characterized into three different genres: generic, disease-specific, and preference-based. Generic measures tap a broad spectrum of health concepts and are intended to be appropriate for groups that differ in disease, severity, and comorbidity. Disease-specific tools are applicable to specific patient populations, usually defined by ...

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