Systematic review of caregiver responses for patient health-related quality of life in adult cancer care
Roydhouse, J and Wilson, IB, Systematic review of caregiver responses for patient health-related quality of life in adult cancer care, Quality of Life Research, 26 pp. 1925-1954. ISSN 1573-2649 (2017) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2017 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Purpose In surveys and in research, proxies such as family members may be used to assess patient health-related
quality of life. The aim of this research is to help cancer
researchers select a validated health-related quality of life
tool if they anticipate using proxy-reported data.
Methods Systematic review and methodological appraisal
of studies examining the concordance of paired adult cancer patient and proxy responses for multidimensional,
validated HRQOL tools. We searched PubMed, CINAHL,
PsycINFO and perused bibliographies of reviewed papers.
We reviewed concordance assessment methods, results, and
associated factors for each validated tool.
Results A total of 32 papers reporting on 29 study populations were included. Most papers were cross-sectional
(N=20) and used disease-specifc tools (N=19), primarily the FACT and EORTC. Patient and proxy mean scores
were similar on average for tools and scales, with most
mean diferences <10 points but large standard deviations.
Average ICCs for the FACT and EORTC ranged from 0.35
to 0.62, depending on the scale. Few papers (N=15) evaluated factors associated with concordance, and results and
measurement approaches were inconsistent. The EORTC
was the most commonly evaluated disease-specifc tool
(N=5 papers). For generic tools, both concordance and
associated factor information was most commonly available
for the COOP/WONCA (N=3 papers). The MQOL was the
most frequently evaluated end-of-life tool (N=3 papers).