Problems in Defining Quality of Life

  • Alvan R. Feinstein


The main goal of my remarks is to point out the problems of the customary approach, commonly used in clinical trials and other studies of therapy, that measures “quality of life” as though it were a state of health. With this approach, quality of life is expressed as the sum of ratings for a series of domains referring to symptoms, physical functions, and other components of “health”.


Apgar Score Newborn Baby Measure Health Status Direct Question Aggregate Score 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alvan R. Feinstein
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  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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