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Author: Stefan Höfer

Three new language versions available

The MacNew continues to be the leading patient reported outcome measure for heart disease world wide. The Asian-Pacific focus of MacNew is constantly growing with three additional language versions now available: Kannada (India), Malayalam (India) and Indonesian (Indonesia). Kannada and Malayalam is spoken by over

2017 ISQOLS Research Fellow Award

Professor Stefan Höfer received the 2017 Research Fellow Award by the International Society for Quality-of-Life studies. Professor Höfer’s pioneering research work in the field of health-related quality of life, in particular in heart disease, was recognised at the 15th International Conference of the International Society

HRQL assessment useful for identifying high risk patients

Health-related quality of life (HRQL) is an increasingly well-recognized measure of health outcome in cardiology. HRQL was examined as predictor of unplanned rehospitalization for cardiac reasons in patients after coronary revascularization over a period of 3 years. Two independent studies found the MacNew to be

MacNew now available in Sinhalese

Sri Lanka with a population of over 15 million people is the latest Asian country joining the growing list of Asian MacNew versions. The Sinhalese translation processes followed a rigorous and repeated forward – backward translation strategy assuring language and cultural adaptation. The Sinhalese version

Psychometric Update for the MacNew

Recently three new articles investigating the psychometric properties of the MacNew health-related quality of life instrument were published in international peer-reviewed journals for the following languages: French, Russian and Italian. The MacNew is the most wide spread patient reported outcome measure in cardiology assessing all three aspects

MacNew goes Asia

We are very proud to announce three new MacNew language versions for Asia. The MacNew is now officially available in Tagalog (Philipines), simplified Chinese (Mainland China, Singapore) and Korean (South Korea). All translatation processes followed a rigerous and repeated forward – backward translation strategy assuring

Predicting Survival

One of the best predictors of survival is self-reported health by the patient. Recent evidence clearly demonstrates, that changes of 0.5 HRQL points assessed by the MacNew Heart Disease Quality of Life instrument predicts survival of cardiac patients. Deterioration of HRQL, in particular shortly after best

Three new languages

We are pleased to announce three new language versions for the MacNew quality of life instrument: Slovakian, Croatian and Serbian (Latin and Cyrillic). All language translations follow a standard protocol (forward-backward translation) to ensure linguistical and cultural valid versions. The MacNew is now available in


A new language version of the MacNew health-related quality of life instrument for heart disease has become available: Iclandic. adheres to the highest scientific standards following well established forward-backward translation techniques, making best possible language and cultural adaptations available. The MacNew is now available in

Hot off the press

Three new articles have just been published. Health related quality of life and mental distress after PCI: restoring a state of equilibrium (Sipötz et al.). This paper explores the relationship of anxiety and health-related quality of life. The authors conclude that in absence of actual