Prostate Cancer-Related Quality of Life Scales (PC-QOL)
Author of Tool:
Jack A. Clark
Bokhour, J., Clark, J., Inui, T., Silliman, R., Talcott, J. (2001). Sexuality after treatment for early prostate cancer: exploring the meanings of “erectile dysfunction.” Journal of General Internal Medicine, 16, 649-655.
Clark, J., Bokhour, B., Inui, T., Silliman, R., Talcott, J. (2003). Measuring patients’ perceptions of the outcomes of treatment for early prostate cancer. Medical Care, 41, 923-936.
Clark, J., Inui, T., Silliman, R., Bokhour, B., Krasnow, S., Robinson, R., Spaulding, M., Talcott, J. (2003). Patients’ perceptions of quality of life after treatment for early prostate cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 21, 3777-3784.
Clark, J., Talcott, J. (2006). Confidence and uncertainty long after initial treatment for early prostate cancer: survivors’ views of cancer control and the treatment decisions they made. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24, 4457-4463.
Talcott, J., Rossi, C., Shipley, W., Clark, J., Slater, J., Niemierko, A., Zietman, A. (2010). Patient-reported long-term outcomes after conventional and high-dose combined proton and photon radiation for early prostate cancer. JAMA, 303, 1046-1053.
Primary use / Purpose:
The Prostate Cancer-Related Quality of Life Scales (PC-QOL) are a collection of 11 brief inventories relating to prostate cancer and quality of life. Each individual scale contains between 2 and 8 items and is rated on a 5 point Likert scale. The purpose of each is the same; to measure quality of life in key areas affected by having prostate cancer.
The treatment of prostate cancer is not very successful, and those who do receive treatment often experience a number of uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms. For this reason, patients’ quality of life and their perception of treatment outcomes are very important. The Prostate Cancer-Related Quality of Life Scales (PC-QOL) all measure under the following domains:
1). Urinary Control
2) Sexual Intimacy
3) Sexual Confidence
4) Masculine Self-Esteem
5) Marital Affection
6) Health Worry
7) PSA Concern
8) Cancer Control
9) Informed Decision
The psychometric properties of the scales listed are discussed in the citations listed in the ‘Key References’.