Handbook of Disease Burdens and Quality of Life Measures pp 4304-4304 | Cite as
Quality of Life and Health-Related Quality of Life
Quality of Life (QOL) is a multi-dimensional concept that includes well-being and has objective and subjective aspects. Domains vary considerably. Examples are: affect, self-esteem/awareness of self, social contact and physical/mental health. Besides this global conceptualization there is a growing field of research focusing on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL): a person's satisfaction or happiness with domains of life insofar as they affect or are affected by a disease, e.g. dementia. HRQL can be distinguished from QOL in that it concerns itself primarily with those factors that fall under the purview of health care providers and health care systems.