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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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OLIVEIRA, Alexandra  and  PIMENTEL, Francisco L.. The role of the proxys on cancer patients quality of life evaluation a literature review . Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2006, vol.7, n.2, pp.211-219. ISSN 1645-0086.

One of the main goals of the interventions with cancer patients is proportionate the best Quality of Life (QoL) to the patient. However, it is often difficult to determine the health related quality of life (HRQoL) of same cancer patients because psychological, cognitive and physical problems limit their ability to complete questionnaires. A proxy, such as family member, may be able to give accurate information about patients HRQoL, information with a great importance for medical decisions. The aim of this article is to proportionate a literature review on the viability in use the proxy derived information on patient QoL, using the results of previous studies. It is hoped that this article may contribute and promote, in Portugal a better understanding and investigation about this issue.

Keywords : Cancer patient; Proxy; Quality of life.

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