Assessment of quality of life in surgery

Br J Surg. 1992 May;79(5):395-8. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800790506.


The concept of patients' quality of life is assuming increasing importance in modern medicine and surgery. Interventions are increasingly being assessed in terms of their impact on such areas of functioning as mobility, mood, cognitive function, ability to fulfil occupational and social roles, and general life satisfaction. This paper discusses the theoretical underpinnings of the quality-of-life paradigm and its practical relevance for modern surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Care Rationing
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / rehabilitation*