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A qualidade de vida dos sobreviventes de cancro

Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública 01/2006; 24:37-56.
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    • "Não há uma definição consensual de qualidade de vida, existem sim, diferentes propostas que variam consoante os autores. Devido ao interesse crescente pela qualidade de vida no âmbito da doença, surge a " qualidade de vida relacionada com a saúde " (Pimentel, 2006, p. 25) que representa as respostas individuais aos efeitos da doença, englobando a dimensão física, psicológica, social e espiritual, bem como a avaliação da eficácia dos serviços de saúde (Dow, Ferrell, Leigh, Ly, & Gulasekaram, 1996; Pimentel, 2006; Pinto & Ribeiro, 2006). Na área da oncologia, os estudos de avaliação da qualidade de vida apresentam diferentes conclusões. "
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