Development and Assessment of Chinese General Quality of Life Instrument

  • Y. Wu
  • G. Xie


The measurements of quality of life have been increasingly studied and gradually accepted as an important measure of health in many countries of the world since the 1960s. In China, quality of life studies begun in the 1980s. A few general quality of life questionnaires were translated into the Chinese language, such as 100-Item World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument (WHO-QOL-100) and the 36-Item Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form Health Status Survey (SF-36). However, the sensitivity of the WHO-QOL-100 was not satisfactory for the Chinese population, while the SF-36 focused on measuring health status and does not include all facets of quality of life. Considering the great differences in culture and living habits between eastern and western populations, we carried out a series of studies to develop a general quality of life instrument (Chinese QOL-35), which included 35 items and is well in accordance with the habits of Chinese language, culture, and daily life. This article presents the development and evaluation of the Chinese QOL-35 with its reliability, validity and sensitivity, in comparison with Chinese version of WHO-QOL-100 and SF-36.


Life Score Total Quality Life Instrument Environmental Domain Answer Option 
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List of Abbreviations:

Chinese QOL-35

 Chinese Quality of Life Measurement Form – 35 Items


European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Core Questionnaire 30


 Item-internal consistency


 intra-class correlation coefficients


Quality of life


100-Item World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument


36-Item Medical Outcome Study Short Form Health Status Survey



We are very grateful to Ms. Naomi Hammond at The George Institute, China for her kind help and assistance in preparation of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Wu
    • 1
  • G. Xie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsPeking University School of Public Health; The George InstituteChinaChina
  2. 2.Division for CVD Prevention and Control Network, Cardiovascular Institute and Fuwai HospitalChinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina

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