The increasing importance of patients’ perspectives and their engagement in disease management—both on an individual and population level—has led to a substantial shift in therapeutic approaches towards a more patient-centred model of care. As part of this patient-centred approach, reliable information originating straight from a patient is collected and used to assess treatment outcomes and the quality of patient management. Such health outcomes reported directly by a patient are referred to as Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs); health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) is an essential part of these PROs.

This course will present the basic concepts of HR-QoL research, including the main HR-QoL models underlying HR-QoL measures, how they are constructed, how they work, how the generated scores are interpreted, and their relevance in a clinical context. It will also provide recommendations on how to select appropriate measure that will fit best to your needs.

During the training, the following topics will be covered:

  • PRO, QoL, and HR-QoL: basic concepts and differences
  • QoL models
  • QoL measures – theoretical background
    • Item structure – index and profile
    • Scales and scores
  • HR-QoL measures
    • Generic
    • Disease-/population-specific
    • Dimension-specific
    • Individualised
    • Preference-based
  • PRO development, translation, and adaptation for use in different cultures and condition of use
  • PRO selection and practical applications, including medical device development
  • Measuring QoL in
    • Drug development
    • Clinical contexts
    • Public health
    • Pharmacoeconomics
    • Medical decision making
  • Closing remarks

Clinicians, medical doctors, health care professionals, pharmaceutical companies (primarily medical, clinical, and R&D departments), national health service decision-makers, or anyone who works with (or plans to work with) QoL measures, including their development, interpretation, selection, and utilization.

Online interactive training, comprising discussions, group exercises, and Q&A.

Maria Koltowska-Häggström

Maria Koltowska-Häggström

MD, PhD, CMO at Proper Medical Writing

After completing her medical studies in Wrocław, Poland, Maria worked for ten years as a paediatrician. In 1991, she began working within the pharmaceutical industry where she gained experience in both the marketing and medical sides of the business. Between 2001 and 2013, Maria worked at Pharmacia (later Pfizer) in Stockholm, Sweden, where she held various responsibilities for large patient registries. She was a leading member of numerous research groups investigating growth hormone disorders in paediatric and adult patients managed in the real-life clinical setting. She has an extensive track record of patient registry research and  lectured at multiple meetings related to patient registries, late-phase drug development, data management, drug safety evaluation, and QoL research.

She earned PhD at Uppsala University, Sweden, based on patient registry studies of QoL in adult patients with growth hormone deficiency.

She is a vice-president of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), and a member of European Association of Scientific Editors (EASE), European Society of Endocrinology (ESE), and Growth Hormone Research Society (GRS). Additionally, as a long-time EMWA member, Maria is a trainer and a workshop leader, section editor for Medical Writing, and a chair of the Expert Seminar Series Organizing Committee.

Online Training – 2 modules

MODULE 1 | 26 September 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm CEST
MODULE 2 | 28 September 2023 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm CEST

Some days before the online training you will receive all details about the connection.

The course will proceed with a minimum number of participants. Should this number not be reached the registered participants will be notified one week prior to the commencement of the course.

Early Bird: € 880,00* (until 05 September 2023)

Ordinary: € 1.070,00*

Freelance – Academy – Public Administration**: € 570,00*

*for Italian companies: +22% VAT

**Early Bird discount not applicable to Freelance – Academy – Public Administration fee

The fee includes: tuition, organizational office assistance, teaching materials and attendance certificate that will be sent after the training via e-mail.


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Risultato atteso
Understand the principles of PRO, particularly for QoL research
Risultato atteso
Select the most appropriate QoL measure for your needs and ensure its legitimate use
Risultato atteso
Properly interpret QoL results generated by different QoL scores
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Correctly design a study with PRO endpoints
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Clearly and efficiently present PRO/QoL results in oral/poster presentations, clinical study reports, or peer-reviewed publications

<p><span>Online interactive training on Zoom platform. </span></p>
<p><em>LS Academy will provide the access link to the virtual platform a few days before the training.</em></p>

Online interactive training on Zoom platform. 

LS Academy will provide the access link to the virtual platform a few days before the training.

<p><span>Online interactive training on Zoom platform. </span></p>
<p><em>LS Academy will provide the access link to the virtual platform a few days before the training.</em></p>