10.56. Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy—General (FACT-G)¶
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A self-report quality-of-life scale developed for patients undergoing cancer treatment. It covers the domains of physical well-being, social/family well-being, emotional well-being, and functional well-being.
10.56.1. History and guide¶
Cella DF et al. (1993). The Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy scale: development and validation of the general measure. Journal of Clinical Oncology 11: 570-579. PMID 8445433; https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.1918.104.22.1680.
Different versions have different numbers of items:
Version 1 has 38 items (see Cella et al. 1993).
Version 2 has 28 items (see Cella et al. 1993).
Version 4 (1997) has 27 items (see source link below).
CamCOPS is oriented towards collecting data for version 4, though does not include the scale itself (see above/below).
10.56.3. Intellectual property rights¶
As per http://www.facit.org/FACITOrg/AboutUs/Copyright (accessed 2018-09-30):
Copyright All translations, adaptations, symptom indices, computer programs, and scoring algorithms, and any other related documents of the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) Measurement System, including the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT), are owned and copyrighted by, and the intellectual property of, David Cella, Ph.D. Copyright protection is also extended to electronic versions of all FACIT documents and products. By downloading documents from this website you agree to the following: No changes to the wording or phrasing of any FACIT document can occur without written permission. If any changes are made to the wording or phrasing of any FACIT item without permission, the document cannot be considered the FACIT, and subsequent analyses and/or comparisons to other FACIT data will not be considered appropriate. Permission to use the name "FACIT" will not be granted for any unauthorized translations of the FACIT or FACIT items. Any analyses or publications of unauthorized changes or translated versions may not use the FACIT name. Any unauthorized translation will be considered a violation of copyright protection. The FACIT copyright information provided on these documents must be included on every page of a FACIT questionnaire in study documents, and in any reproductions for manuscript or other publication purposes. If there are issues of scientific or copyright misconduct in using the FACIT system of questionnaires, Dr. Cella reserves the right to withdraw permission for use and seek damages to the full extent provided by international copyright law. Translation and linguistic validation of all FACIT scales must be performed by FACITtrans.
As a result, the FACT-G scale itself is not included in CamCOPS, though its content may be added if you have the necessary permissions and scale, as above.