Quality of Life and Health-Related Quality of Life

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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.


Public Health Health Care Care Provider Health Care System Health Care Provider 
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