Quality of Life Patient/Cancer Survivor Version (QOL-CSV)


Author of Tool: 

Ferrell, B. R., Hassey-Dow, K., Grant, M.

Key references: 

Ferrell, B. R., Hassey-Dow, K., Grant, M. (1995). Measurement of the QOL in Cancer Survivors. Quality
of Life Research, 4, 523-531.

Ferrell, B. R., Hassey-Dow, K., Leigh, S., Ly, J., Gulasekaram, P. (1995). Quality of Life in Long-Term
Cancer Survivors. Oncology Nursing Forum, 22(6), 915-922.

Ferrell, B. R. (1996). The Quality of Lives: 1,525 Voices of Cancer.” Oncology Nursing Forum, 23(6), 907-916.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Quality of Life Patient/Cancer Survivor Version (QOL-CSV) is an ordinal questionnaire measuring the quailty of life in cancer patients over 42 items rated on 10 point Likert-type scale.


With the introduction and growing acceptance of the biopsychosocial model of health it is becoming increasingly common to assess the quality of life of patients before, during, or after serious illness, pain, or surgery. The Quality of Life Patient/Cancer Survivor Version (QOL-CSV) was developed through revising an earlier instrument designed by the City of Hope National Medical Center for measuring pain management. The scale is also available in Hispanic in the attachment.


The psychometric properties of the Quality of Life Instrument – Breast Cancer Patient Version are discussed in the introduction of the Instrument which is attached below.



PDF iconQuality of Life- Cancer Survivor Version (QOL-CS)

Web link to tool: 

City of Hope Pain & Palliative Care Resource Center

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 



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