Guidelines for reporting results of quality of life assessments in clinical trials

Qual Life Res. 1996 Oct;5(5):496-502. doi: 10.1007/BF00540022.


Clinical trials involving quality of life measurement published in the literature suffer from important weaknesses due to the lack of information on numerous topics. The psychometric properties of the instruments are often lacking as well as data on the number of patients treated and analyzed. The handling of missing data is rarely documented. In order to facilitate the reporting of trials and the evaluation of published results, this article proposes a set of general guidelines for the reporting of clinical trials which include a quality of life assessment. A checklist designed to assist authors is appended.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic*
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Publishing*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Research Design