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Building a Bridge for Integrating Chinese Medicine into Conventional Healthcare: Observations Drawn from the Development of the Chinese Quality of Life Instrument (Li Zhao and Kelvin Chan)
The American Journal of Chinese Medicine (2005)
  • Kelvin Chan
  • Li Zhao
Abstract

This paper describes the methods and theories of patient-reported outcomes, in particular to the health-related quality of life recently applied in Chinese medicine research. It begins with an investigation of the reasons for a patient-reported outcomes measure for Chinese medicine and the development of a new health-related quality of life instrument based on Chinese culture and Chinese medicine. Discussions on the importance and application of patient-reported outcomes as well as the relationship between quality of life and Chinese medicine are the focus of this paper. Through a description of the Chinese Quality of Life Instrument and its development, the present work demonstrates an evidence-based approach using patient-reported outcomes or health-related quality of life measures to evaluate treatment efficacy of Chinese medicine, and thereby build a bridge for the integration of Chinese medicine into mainstream healthcare.

Keywords
  • Quality of Life,
  • Chinese Medicine,
  • Patient Reported Outcome
Publication Date
December, 2005
Publisher Statement
World Scientic Publishing Company
Citation Information
Kelvin Chan and Li Zhao. "Building a Bridge for Integrating Chinese Medicine into Conventional Healthcare: Observations Drawn from the Development of the Chinese Quality of Life Instrument (Li Zhao and Kelvin Chan)" The American Journal of Chinese Medicine Vol. 33 Iss. 6 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kelvin_chan/3/