Quality of life: Conceptual Issues and Clinical Implications


Journal Article

Quality of life (QOL) is an important element of clinical practice and health research. Quality of life reminds us that people are more than their diseases and that the goal of clinical care should be to address the needs of the whole person. The clinician and/or health researcher is faced with a large number of diverse options for measuring QOL. This paper describes the conceptual underpinnings of 3 levels of QOL measures: global assessments of life quality, health-related quality of life measures, and disease-specific measures. Examples of measurement tools at all 3 levels are provided. The relative advantages and disadvantages of each level of measurement are discussed. Matching choice of a QOL measure to the clinical or research purpose and assessing QOL at multiple levels are strongly encouraged. The research base of QOL studies of persons with neurological disorders is reviewed briefly. General implications for clinical practice are discussed. © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • George, LK; Clipp, EC

Published Date

  • January 1, 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 127 - 132

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1085-049X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01253086-200024040-00003

Citation Source

  • Scopus