Adaptation to Changing Health: Response Shift in Quality-of-Life Research
When health fails or injury occurs, individuals often reappraise the values and activities that have given their lives meaning. Researchers are just beginning to delve into the impact that health changes have on one's perceived quality of life. This text serves to aid researchers in better understanding and identifying these effects over time.
Edited by response-shift pioneers Carolyn Schwartz and Mirjam A. G. Sprangers, this book is the first to examine the construct comprehensively, including its theoretical underpinnings, methodology for assessment in primary and secondary data analyses, and application to treatment outcomes research and medical decision making.
Chapter authors examine response shift in various populations, from bereaved caregivers with AIDS to prostate and breast cancer patients undergoing treatment. Written for health care researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, this book casts new light on many intriguing issues in clinical care affected by response shift.