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General Health Status and Quality of Life

Ian McDowell

in Measuring Health

Third edition

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195165678
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165678.003.0010
General Health Status and Quality of Life

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Previous chapters have reviewed measurements that focus on specific aspects of health. This chapter reviews broad-ranging measures of general health and health-related quality of life. It opens with a discussion of the evolution of the quality of life concept and of its different definitions. It then reviews twenty-six measurement scales that are designed for clinical use, for use in social surveys or in epidemiological studies.

Keywords: broad-ranging measurements; general health; quality of life; measurement scales; social surveys; epidemiological studies

Chapter.  95674 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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