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BACKGROUND: This review traces the 12-year history of an international collaboration of researchers-the WHOQOL Group-who were brought together by the World Health Organisation to develop and produce a cross-cultural measure of quality of life for use in health and health care. DISCUSSION: The theoretical and philosophical basis of the WHOQOL instrument is outlined as it evolved throughout the design and adjustment of a reflexive methodology that places an assessment of the users' views at the centre of health care. The stages of research are further expanded and explained in recounting the scientific experience of this unique collaboration. The WHOQOL is available in 40 countries and most majority languages. Adaptations exist for assessing particular conditions, e. g. spirituality, religion and personal beliefs.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s00127-004-0700-5

Type

Journal article

Journal

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol

Publication Date

01/2004

Volume

39

Pages

1 - 8

Keywords

Culture, Humans, Quality of Life, Surveys and Questionnaires