Quality of Life in Rhinosinusitis

  • Selis Gülseven GüvenEmail author
  • Muhsin Koten
  • Sheng-Po Hao


Negative effects of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) on quality of the lives (QOLs) of the individuals have often been overlooked. Nonetheless, numerous individuals state higher influences of CRS on QOL dimensions such as bodily pain or social functioning in comparison with other diseases like angina pectoris, chronic bronchitis, or pulmonary emphysema. Meanwhile, various QOL instruments consistently are being formed and validated in order to measure the subjective outcome of the CRS patients. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is a field of quality-of-life assessment, which depends on the individual’s understanding of his or her health condition. Evaluation of healthcare outcomes is essential for the advancement of innovative healthcare service and enhancement of treatment outcomes. Physicians typically utilize HRQoL to determine the impact of chronic disease and be aware of the way a disease disrupts an individual’s daily life. Assessing HRQoL allows health professionals, enhances patient–physician interaction, and improves clinical outcomes. Nevertheless, because of the numerous instruments in use, variety of items and responses evaluated, and lack of familiar units, physicians usually consider the interpretation of HRQoL research challenging. To date, QOL assessments in CRS patients are limited and usually disease-specific questionnaires including Rhinosinusitis Disability Index, the Chronic Sinusitis Survey Score, and the SinoNasal Outcome Test-16 (SNOT-16) have been utilized. The problem with these disease-specific questionnaires is that they do not provide comparisons between various therapeutical interventions and various patient groups, and this makes the interpretation of the effect size difficult.


Chronic rhinosinusitis Quality of the life Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) Rhinosinusitis Disability Index The Chronic Sinusitis Survey Score The SinoNasal Outcome Test-16 (SNOT-16) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Selis Gülseven Güven
    • 1
    Email author
  • Muhsin Koten
    • 1
  • Sheng-Po Hao
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Medical FacultyTrakya UniversityEdirneTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Otorhinolaryngology of Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial HospitalFu Jen Catholic UniversityNew Taipei CityTaiwan

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