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Patients' needs, satisfaction, and health related quality of life: Towards a comprehensive model

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Abstract ral Health and Quality of Life Outcomes ss BioMed Cent Open AcceEditorial Patients' needs, satisfaction, and health related quality of life: Towards a comprehensive model Mohsen Asadi-Lari*1, Marcello Tamburini2 and David Gray1 Address: 1Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University Hospital, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK and 2Unit of Psychology, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Via Venezian 1, 20133 Milan, Italy Email: Mohsen Asadi-Lari* - [email protected]; Marcello Tamburini - [email protected]; David Gray - [email protected] * Corresponding author With the publication of its 100th paper, the new open access Journal Health and Quality of Life Outcomes (HQLO), achieves a significant milestone. Launching a journal in this field was not just a challenge with respect to nomenclature, [1] but also provided a forum for dis- seminating research which emphasises the unique contri- butions as well as the inter-relationships among determinants of health, provision of care, and outcomes. So far, prominence (as measured by the number of scien- tific manuscripts accepted for publication) has been given mainly to the unique contributions of health-related qual- ity of life (HRQL). Other determinants like health needs and satisfaction have sporadically been considered [2-7]. A few additional papers have focused on approaches to detect ill health. In this editorial we would like to explore the relationship between needs, satisfaction and quality of life, identify gaps in the current knowledge base, and encourage future research in these areas. Clinical approach The World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1948 defined health as a "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" [8]. While this definition is comprehensive (though rather utopian and ambitious) it clearly indicates what should be the goal of health care intervention. Med- ical professionals however tend to focus more narrowly on a

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