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FACT (FACIT) Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy « Quality of Life « Surveys/Scales « Downloads

Date postedJanuary 31, 2012
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The FACIT Measurement System is a collection of QOL questionnaires targeted to the management of chronic illness. “FACIT” (Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy) was adopted as the formal name of the measurement system in 1997 to portray the expansion of the more familiar “FACT” (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy) series of questionnaires into other chronic illnesses and conditions. Thus, FACIT is a broader, more encompassing term that includes the FACT questionnaires under its umbrella. The measurement system, under development since 1987, began with the creation of a generic CORE questionnaire called the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G). The FACT-G (now in Version 4) is a 27-item compilation of general questions divided into four primary QOL domains: Physical Well-Being, Social/Family Well-Being, Emotional Well-Being, and Functional Well-Being. It is considered appropriate for use with patients with any form of cancer, and has also been used and validated in other chronic illness conditions (e.g., HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis) and in the general population (using a slightly modified version). As of spring, 2003, there are over 40 different FACIT scales and nine symptom indices. Equivalent foreign language versions of the FACIT questionnaires are now available in more than 45 different languages (for some scales), permitting cross-cultural comparisons of people from diverse backgrounds. manages the distribution and information regarding administration, scoring and interpretation of a range of questionnaires that measure health-related quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. Our first questionnaire, The Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy -General (FACT-G), was developed and validated over 10 years ago, and has been used in hundreds of studies worldwide.

David Cella, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Northwestern University Medical School

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Fairclough, DL & Cella DF. (1996) Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT-G): Non-response to individual questions. Quality of Life Research, 5, 321-329.Cella, D. Manual of the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) scales (version 4). Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1997

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