AN ASSESSMENT AND OUTCOME MEASURE
FOR PALLIATIVE CARE
Ira Byock, M.D.
The Palliative Care Service, Missoula, MT
PH: 406-728-8643 FAX: 406-728-4709 E-mail:
Contact: Melanie Merriman, Ph.D., M.B.A.
PH: 305-762-7966 FAX: 305-762-7191 E-mail:
VITAS Healthcare Corporation
Guide to Using MVQOLI
Quality of life (QOL) in the context
of advanced, progressive, incurable illness, is defined as the subjective
experience of an individual living with the interpersonal, psychological and
existential or spiritual challenges that accompany the process of physical
and functional decline and the knowledge of impending demise. A person’s
QOL can range from suffering, associated with physical distress and/or a
sense of impending disintegration, to the experience of wellness and
personal growth arising from the completion of developmental work and the
mastery of developmental landmarks.
Byock and Merriman, Pall. Med., 12:231-244,