World Health Organization Quality of Life assessment instrument (WHOQOL-100)
Name of QuestionnaireWorld Health Organization Quality of Life assessment instrument (WHOQOL-100)
DescriptionThe WHOQOL-100 is a generic, patient-completed measure of health-related quality of life that was simultaneously developed in 15 sites worldwide. It is focused around the definition of quality of life advocated by the World Health Organization, which includes the culture and context which influence an individual's perception of health.
Programme of Mental Health
Division of Mental Health and Prevention of Substance Abuse
World Health Organization
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Number of items100
Domains & categories
Name of categories/domains
Domains: physical health, psychological health, level of independence, social relationships, environment, spirituality/religion/personal beliefs
Facets: 24 facets, each consisting of 4 items, distributed across domains plus a general facet (overall quality of life and general health)
Scaling of items5-point Likert scales
Scores available for domains, facets, and overall.
Higher scores indicate lower quality of life.
3 facets (pain & discomfort, negative feelings, dependence on medication or treatments) must be reverse-scored.
Minimally important differenceNot determined.
LanguageDeveloped concurrently at 15 sites. Available in over 20 languages.
A short version (WHOQOL-BREF) also exists. It has 26 items. Scores for 4 domains (physical, psychological, social relationships, and environment) as well as an overall score are available. Full information is available from the WHO.
Disease-specific and population-specific modules are being developed for the WHOQOL-100.
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