Assessment of quality of life in veterinary practice: developing tools for companion animal carers and veterinarians

Siobhan Mullan

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Abstract

Abstract: Quality-of-life assessments aim to provide an all-encompassing evaluation of animal welfare. In comparison to more limited, disease-focused welfare assessments, they have the potential to better identify welfare deficiencies, allowing veterinarians to target improvement strategies for greater benefit. Individuals or populations of companion animals may be assessed and carers and/or veterinarians may contribute to the assessment. Quality-of-life assessments are widely used within the human health care setting, and although the number of veterinary assessment tools is substantially fewer, these tools cover a range of methodologies. Further research to validate existing tools and develop new ones is recommended. Guidance for implementing and evaluating the usefulness of quality-of-life assessment tools within companion animal veterinary clinics is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-210
Number of pages8
JournalVeterinary Medicine: Research and Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2015

Keywords

  • quality of life
  • welfare
  • companion animals
  • veterinary practice
  • evidence-based veterinary medicine

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