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Computerized Symptom and Quality-of-Life Assessment for Patients With Cancer Part II: Acceptability and Usability

Kristin H. Mullen
Donna L. Berry
Brenda K. Zierler
ONF 2004, 31(5), E84-E89 DOI: 10.1188/04.ONF.E84-E89

Purpose/Objectives: To determine the acceptability and usability of a computerized quality-of-life (QOL) and symptom assessment tool and the graphically displayed QOL and symptom output in an ambulatory radiation oncology clinic.


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