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Why FACIT

> Benefits of the FACIT Measurement System

There are many questionnaires available to measure health-related quality of life of people with chronic illnesses. The FACIT questionnaires are some of the more commonly used questionnaires in national and international research settings. Selecting an appropriate outcome measure is often contingent on many considerations, including the purpose of the study, the patient-reported endpoint required to address the study purpose, the content of the items in the questionnaire with regard to the study purpose, and the validity of the questionnaire. Although no single questionnaire is right for all studies, the FACIT Measurement System provides an array of generic and targeted measures with multiple benefits regarding validity, ease of administration, global application, and interpretation.
 
• Approximately 55 different generic and targeted questionnaires and symptom indices
• Range of questionnaires allow for greater disease, treatment or condition specificity
• Easy to complete (most in 5-10 minutes)
• Easy to administer as a computer-based/internet application
• Demonstrated reliability, validity and sensitivity to change
• Some questionnaires translated and pre-tested in over 50 languages
• Special consideration for spiritual well-being, palliative care, and treatment satisfaction
• More social well-being coverage
• Written at the 4th Grade reading level (9-10 years old)
• Demonstrated equivalence in mode of administration (interview vs. self-administration)
• Validated for use with special populations such as with the elderly and those living in rural areas
• Appropriate for use in patients with a variety of chronic health conditions, and in the general population
• Multiple scoring options: subscale scores, total score, and a Trial Outcome Index (TOI)
• MID information available for several scales
• Normative data available for various cancer and general population samples
• Used by major cooperative clinical trial groups, international-industry sponsored research, other government/military funded research, and health practice self studies