Quality of Life Cancer Scale (QOL-CA)

Padilla GV


Basic description

The Quality of Life-Cancer Scale (QOL-CA) was developed from pilot experiments performed between 1979 and 1981. Then Padilla et al. tested and published in 1983 the Quality of Life Index (QLI) which consisted of 14 items. Ferrell and colleagues expanded the questionnaire to 28 items and called it the City of Hope Quality of Life Survey. To distinguish their questionnaire from the Ferrans and Powers QLI, and Spitzer's QL-Index, Padilla and colleagues changed the name of their instrument to the Multidimensional Quality Of Life Scale (MQOLS). Recently, the name was simplified to the QOL scale
The QOL scale is available in generic versions and population-specific versions. The basic 30-item QOL-CA is available in two versions: the QOL and QOL-CA, they differ in two items (Padilla GV et al., 1996)


Padilla GV

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To measure health-related well-being of patients with a diagnosis of cancer
Therapeutic area
  • Neoplasms
Therapeutic indication

Generic for Neoplasms

Type of Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA)
  • pro PRO
Original language(s)
  • English for the USA
Bibliographic reference(s) of the original questionnaire

Padilla GV, Grant MM, Ferrell BR, Presant CA. Quality of Life-Cancer. In: Spilker B. Quality of Life and Pharmacoeconomics in clinical trials. Second edition. Philadelphia USA: Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1996, pp.301-308

Padilla GV, Mishel MH, Grant MM. Uncertainty, appraisal and quality of life. Qual Life Res. 1992 Jun;1(3):155-65

Padilla GV, Presant C, Grant MM, Metter G, Lipsett J, Heide F. Quality of life index for patients with cancer. Res Nurs Health 1983; 6: 117-26 (PubMed Abstract)

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