Health-related quality of life instruments for adolescents with chronic diseases

Alexandra L. Quittner, Ivette Cruz, Avani C. Modi, Kristen K. Marciel

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Over the past two decades, tremendous progress has been made in defining and measuring health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and in recognizing its importance as a health outcome (Palermo et al., 2008; Quittner, Davis, & Modi, 2003). More than 50 years ago, the World Health Organization proposed the first definition of HRQOL as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organization [WHO], 1947, p. 29). A consensus definition of HRQOL has now emerged, with agreement that it is multidimensional and includes four core domains: (1) disease state and physical symptoms, (2) functional status (e.g., performing daily activities), (3) psychological and emotional functioning, and (4) social functioning (Hays, 2005; Rothman et al., 2007).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBehavioral Approaches to Chronic Disease in Adolescence
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide to Integrative Care
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780387876863
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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