Quality of Life-Related Concepts: Theoretical and Practical Issues

  • A. A. J. Wismeijer
  • A. J. J. M. Vingerhoets
  • J. De Vries
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Quality of Life (QOL) is a complex and multidimensional concept, which is related to a host of health concepts. In addition, there are several other concepts which seem to be related to quality of life. The focus of this chapter is to present an overview of, and introduction into QOL-related concepts, and to discuss how these concepts are measured and used in clinical practice. This concerns the following constructs: health status, illness related stressors, illness intrusiveness, impact of disease and suffering.


Posttraumatic Growth Health Status Questionnaire Illness Intrusiveness Whiplash Patient Illness Related Stressor 

List of Abbreviations:


health status


quality of life


world health organization


World Health Organization Quality of Life Questionnaire


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. J. Wismeijer
    • 1
  • A. J. J. M. Vingerhoets
    • 1
  • J. De Vries
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical, Developmental and Cultural PsychologyTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.CoRPS, Department of Medical PsychologyTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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