Quality-of-life assessment in gynecologic surgery

John A. Rock

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More than 90% of gynecologic surgery is performed for nonmalignant conditions, with a major objective of improving the patient's health-related quality of life (QOL). Clinical studies and patient surveys demonstrate that fatigue, diminished energy levels, increased need for rest, delayed time to return to work, difficulty performing daily routines, and difficulty caring for family and home persist for weeks to months or more following surgery. The social and economic implications of these outcomes provide a rationale for improving the QOL of gynecologic patients in the early weeks of recovery from surgery. Persistent and debilitating fatigue, which can lead to diminished QOL, is even more common than pain following hysterectomy. Global and specific subjective self-assessment instruments have been developed to measure fatigue as well as QOL parameters in postoperative gynecologic surgery patients. In addition, a QOL instrument combining both subjective self-assessment scales and objective measures of hemoglobin, hematocrit and muscle strength has been validated in postoperative orthopedic patients and may also have application in gynecologic surgery patients. Collectively, these various instruments may be useful in the assessment of recuperative power and vitality during early postoperative recovery in patients undergoing gynecologic surgery.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)515-519
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number5 SUPPL.
StatePublished - May 2001


  • Fatigue
  • Gynecologic surgical procedures
  • Quality of life


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