Design and initial implementation of HerQLes: a hernia-related quality-of-life survey to assess abdominal wall function.

@article{Krpata2012DesignAI,
  title={Design and initial implementation of HerQLes: a hernia-related quality-of-life survey to assess abdominal wall function.},
  author={David M. Krpata and Brian J. Schmotzer and Susan A. Flocke and Judy Jin and Jeffrey A. Blatnik and Bridget O. Ermlich and Yuri W. Novitsky and Michael J. Rosen},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={2012},
  volume={215 5},
  pages={635-42}
}
BACKGROUND Success of a surgical intervention is often measured by hard clinical outcomes. In ventral hernia repair (VHR) these include wound morbidity and hernia recurrence. These outcomes fail to account for a surgical intervention's effect on a patient's quality of life (QofL). Our objective was to design a hernia-specific QofL instrument with a focus on abdominal wall function, evaluate its measurement properties, and assess the impact of VHR on QofL using this new instrument. STUDY… CONTINUE READING

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