Identifying key domains of health-related quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: interviews with healthcare professionals

Muirne Paap, Christina Bode, Lonneke I.M. Lenferink, Caroline B. Terwee, Jacobus Adrianus Maria van der Palen

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Purpose The aim of this paper is to identify which domains of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) are most important for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), from the perspective of healthcare professionals (HCPs). Methods Thirteen Dutch HCPs [six pulmonologists, three pulmonology nurse practitioners, two physiotherapists and two general practitioners; 9 men; mean age 51.0 (SD = 10.6) years; mean years of experience 12.1 (SD = 7.2)] specialized in the field of COPD were recruited. The only inclusion criterion was that the HCP had to have extensive experience in treating COPD patients. The face-to-face interviews took 30–40 min. Results Physical health emerged as the most important theme from the spontaneous statements that HCPs made when asked about HRQoL in relation to COPD, closely followed by social health and coping with COPD-related complaints and restrictions. The most frequently selected PROMIS domains were fatigue, physical function, emotional support and depression. If the related domains satisfaction with participation in social roles and activities and ability to participate in social roles and activities were to be combined, it would come in second place after fatigue. Conclusion When comparing the domains chosen by HCPs to the ones chosen by patients in a recent study, there is a high degree of agreement, with the exception of depression. We argue that it is important to take into account both patient and HCP perspective when developing/selecting HRQoL instruments. Our results may be used to inform domain selection to measure HRQoL in patients with COPD, as well as instrument development
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351-1367
JournalQuality of life research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2015



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