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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2006, Vol. 4 ›› Issue (5): 473-477.doi: 10.3736/jcim20060506

Special Issue: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Significance and necessity of developing quality of life questionnaire for cancer patients adapting to traditional Chinese medicine

Jie You   

  1. Third Department of Tumor, Longhua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200032, China
  • Online:2006-09-30 Published:2006-09-15

The clinical evaluation system for therapeutic effects of tumor, which focuses on survival period and tumor response rate, has been proved not very proper for evaluating the therapeutic effects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Quality of life (QOL) has been introduced into the effective evaluation system of TCM and integrative medicine because of its similarity in concept and extension with TCM at theory basis, syndrome differentiation-treatment, and evaluation of therapeutic effects. But there are no QOL questionnaires which can evaluate the therapeutic effects of TCM and integrative medicine precisely. This article discussed the necessity and significance of developing QOL questionnaire special for TCM.

Key words: Quality of life questionnaire, Evaluation of clinical therapeutic effects, Tumor, traditional Chinese medicine

CLC Number: 

  • R2-03
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