Measuring quality of life in the evaluation of health care
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Measuring quality of life in the evaluation of health care

Sophie Staniszewska Research Fellow in Patient Evaluation and Involvement, RCN Institute, London

This article provides an introduction to the measurement of quality of life or subjective health status. It considers difficulties in defining the concept and the uses of subjective health status measures and describes common approaches to measurement. The criteria used to select a measure for inclusion in a study are summarised and some of the more commonly used measures are described.

Nursing Standard. 12, 17, 36-39. doi: 10.7748/ns1998.01.12.17.36.c2492