Evaluation of 3 quality of life measurement tools in patients with chronic heart failure

Heart Lung. 2001 Sep-Oct;30(5):332-40. doi: 10.1067/mhl.2001.118303.


Objective: The objectives of this study are to (1) Address issues related to selecting a quality of life (QOL) measuring tool; and (2) Present data from a pilot test comparing 3 QOL tools (Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 [SF-36], the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire [LHFQ], and a visual analogue scale).

Design: Descriptive comparative.

Setting: A Southern university-affiliated tertiary medical center outpatient heart failure clinic.

Patients: Thirty adults, randomly selected from those treated in a multidisciplinary, nurse practitioner-managed heart failure clinic.

Results: Significant correlations were found among the global or broader measures of QOL (visual analog scale and LHFQ Total score) and the component scores (LHFQ Emotional, LHFQ Physical, SF-36 Mental [MCS], and SF-36 Physical [PCS]), with the only exception being that of the LHFQ Total and the SF-36 PCS. Mental and physical components of QOL were not related within the SF-36 or between the SF-36 PCS and the LHFQ Emotional score. However, the emotional and physical scores were highly and significantly related within the LHFQ and between the SF-36 MCS and the LHFQ Physical score.

Conclusions: The SF-36 was better able to differentiate physical and emotional aspects of QOL in this sample. The LHFQ subscales may be less useful in QOL assessment than the total score.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Comorbidity
  • Educational Status
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / classification
  • Heart Failure / drug therapy
  • Heart Failure / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires