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How do you assess quality of life?
  1. Adele Waters

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Any discussion about quality of life and how you should go about assessing it is likely to lead you down a complex moral maze. What is quality of life? What factors should vets consider? How do you assess that robustly? How can you be sure?

For a busy vet in practice, the prospect of using a tool that could inform decision making quickly must be very attractive. And that is likely to be the future, according to James Yeates, chief executive of Cats Protection and a specialist in animal welfare and law. But we are not there yet.

There are, of course, multiple quality of life (QOL) assessment tools available to vets. Research conducted by Zoe Belshaw, a clinical lecturer at Nottingham university, recently found more than 50 available for dogs alone. However, …

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