Health-related quality of life is a frequently assessed patient-reported outcome in the current literature on patients living with atrial fibrillation. Originally, quality of life is an abstract, complex concept, and there is no consensus on a final definition of it. Considering overall quality of life to be assessable using a standardized tool may lead to the loss of valuable knowledge about the patientsâ individual lived experiences. Quality of life is seen reduced into assessable parameters like health status. This might lead to the loss of valuable insight into the patientsâ subjective perception of their lives. To avoid this reduction in future, it is important to call for clear definitions and arguments for assessing quality of life, and to confront a suggested implicit societal agreement within scientific research.
Last date updated on July, 2014