The quality of life in asthma: The assessment

G. Majani, A. Meriggi, M. Sommaruga

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Asthma is seldom considered in the scientific literature on quality of life: other respiratory diseases are more often studied. Nevertheless, some of the quality of life instruments used in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients could easily be adapted to asthmatics. General questionnaires are sometimes used, such as the Sickness Impact Profile, or the Nottingham Health Profile; usually adopted in several fields, from cancer to heart failure. More often, disease-specific questionnaires are used. Among these, the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire is divided into three sections: symptoms, activities and impact. The Living with Asthma Questionnaire has been created, and has been employed mostly on patients with chronic airflow limitation, but we used its Italian version on asthmatics, and our preliminary data appear to be promising. The choice of a general or a disease-specific questionnaire should be determined according to the aim of the study or the clinical trial. Certainly, a correct methodological approach implies strict and logical coherence between theoretical propositions, instruments and data interpretation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-357
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Respiratory Review
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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