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2012AB Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy Source Information

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The FACIT (Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy) Measurement System is developed and maintained by David Cella, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The FACIT Measurement System is developed to measure health-related quality of life for people with chronic illnesses, providing a means of improving healthcare for chronic illness.

FACIT is a collection of 50+ Quality of Life questionnaires, scales, and symptom indexes targeted to the management of chronic illness. FACIT scales are constructed to complement the FACT-G (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General), addressing relevant disease-, treatment-, or condition-related issues not already covered in the general questionnaire.

Metathesaurus Scope
The Metathesaurus representation of FACIT is extracted from the LOINC release files.

FACIT is used in clinical care for chronic illnesses.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
FACIT is a new source in the 2012AB Metathesaurus release. FACIT will be updated in each Metathesaurus release as part of LOINC.

Sites Consulted

  1. [Internet]. Elmhurst, IL:; c2010. About us and Overview; c2010. [updated 2011 Aug 26; cited 2012 Aug 30]. Available from:
  2. Department of Medical Social Sciences [Internet]. Chicago: Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medical Social Sciences; c2010. Faculty, David Cella PhD, c2010 [updated 2011 Oct 11; cited 2012 Aug 30]. Available from