Conceptual issues in symptom clusters research and their implications for quality-of-life assessment in patients with cancer.

Christine Miaskowski, Bradley E. Aouizerat, Marylin Dodd, Bruce Cooper

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Abstract

The majority of the research on the various aspects of symptom management has focused on individual symptoms. However, patients with cancer often experience multiple symptoms simultaneously as a result of their disease and treatment. In 2001, symptom management researchers began to study the impact of symptom clusters on patient outcomes. Over the past 6 years, a number of conceptual reviews as well as several research studies have been published on symptom clusters in oncology patients. This paper summarizes the conceptual basis for symptom cluster research, describes two conceptual approaches to symptom cluster research, and discusses the implications of symptom clusters for quality-of-life research. The paper concludes with an enumeration of the critical considerations that need to be addressed if this area of scientific inquiry is to move forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs
Issue number37
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Conceptual issues in symptom clusters research and their implications for quality-of-life assessment in patients with cancer.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this