Indexed on: 01 Aug '03Published on: 01 Aug '03Published in: Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation
This study aimed to use an individual approach in evaluating QoL in long-term survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) and their view of what impact the disease has had on life using an extended version of the The Schedule for the Evaluation of the Individual quality of life-Direct Weighting (SEIQoL-DW). Adult long-term survivors from HL (n = 121) were compared with a randomly selected sample of the general population in Stockholm (n = 236). The results showed that the most commonly nominated areas (>50% of patients and controls) important in life were family, personal health, work and relations to other people. The HL survivors mentioned leisure and finances less frequently than the controls. However, neither the current status in the different areas nor the QoL index score differed between survivors and controls. Thoughts and worries around disease, fatigue and loss of energy and late effects on skin and mucous membrane were the most commonly reported problems following HL. Sixty-six percent of the survivors reported a change in their view of life and of themselves. Demographic and disease characteristics did not influence the ratings of the chosen areas. In conclusion, long-term survivors of HL seem to have adapted well to the situation of having had a life-threatening disease and undergoing treatment, as measured with SEIQoL-DW. The extended Swedish version with a disease-specific module could be of great value when identifying specific issues that are important for the patient at time of evaluation.