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A Platform for Assessing Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life

  • Brígida Mónica Faria
  • Joaquim Gonçalves
  • Luís Paulo Reis
  • Álvaro Rocha
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 354)

Abstract

In general, quality of life is the perceived quality of an individual’s daily life, that is, an assessment of their well-being or lack thereof. Life quality of individuals is very important for involves several factors such as social, economic, psychological, spiritual or medical state. The information technologies can help with the management of the services for the healthcare of chronic patients. It was developed and implemented a Quality of Life platform using information technologies and with application of statistical methods to access the information of clinical data of patients with cancer from otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck services of an oncologic institution. The sample was composed of 3013 patients. The results show that there are variables with significant predictors for the Quality of Life: years of smoking (p value 0.049) and size of the tumor (p value < 0.001). In conclusion statistical methods allow having access to additional information helping the physicians to be able to know the quality of life and produce a well-informed clinical decision.

Keywords

life quality cancer information technology statistics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brígida Mónica Faria
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Joaquim Gonçalves
    • 1
    • 4
  • Luís Paulo Reis
    • 1
    • 5
  • Álvaro Rocha
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.LIACC – Lab. Inteligencia Artificial e Ciência de ComputadoresPortoPortugal
  2. 2.ESTSP/IPP – Esc. Sup. de Tecnologia da Saúde do Porto / Inst. Polit. do PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.IEETA – Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  4. 4.EST/IPCA – Esc. Superior de Tecnologia/Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do AveSão MartinhoPortugal
  5. 5.EEUM/DSI - Escola de Engenharia da Universidade do MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  6. 6.DEI/UC – Departamento de Engenharia InformáticaUniv. CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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