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Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is an important measure in supporting heart health. Assessing QOL on a validated and reliable instrument provides valuable information for program quality improvement and patient care.[#national-heart-foundation-of-australia.-multidisciplinary-care...-2010]

Generic, non-cardiac specific, tools measure general aspects of health and are particularly useful in assessing the impairment of physical and emotional functioning; examples include the Short Form (SF)-36, Duke Health Profile and the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL).

Cardiac-specific QOL tools are designed to identify physical and emotional symptoms associated with cardiac conditions. Some commonly used cardiac specific tools are listed below. All have a licensing fee:

  • National Heart Foundation of Australia. Multidisciplinary care for people with chronic heart failure. Principles and recommendations for best practice. 2010.

  • Valenti L, Lim L, Heller RF et al. An improved questionnaire for assessing quality of life after myocardial infarct. Qual Life Res 1996;5:151-161.

  • De Smedt D, Clays E, Höfer S, Oldridge N, Kotseva K, Maggioni AP, Janssen B, De Bacquer D; EUROASPIRE Investigators.Validity and reliability of the HeartQoL questionnaire in a large sample of stable coronary patients: The EUROASPIRE IV Study of the European Society of Cardiology.2015. Eur J Prev Card

  • Rector TS, Kubo SH, Cohn JN. Patients self-assessment of congestive heart failure: content, reliability and validity of a new measure, The Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire. Heart Failure 1987;3:198-209.

  • Asadi-Lari M, Rao A, Gray D. Health-related quality-of-life tools in heart failure. Expert Rev of Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Res 2005;5:267-270.

  • Green CP, Porter CB, Bresnahan DR et al. Development and evaluation of the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire: A new health status measure for heart failure. J Am Coll Cardiol 2000;35:1245-1255.