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ASSESSING QUALITY OF LIFE: Current Approaches
Ivana Ilić1, Ivona Milić2 and Mirjana Aranđelović3,1
Zavod za zdravstvenu zaštitu radnika Niš1
Raiffeisen banka a.d, Beograd2
Univerzitet u Nišu - Medicinski fakultet Niš3
The authors of this paper consider the concept of the quality of life and health-related quality of life (QOL) by paying special attention to the relevance of the researches taken so far, related to the “quality of life”, the impact and ways of estimating the QOL through social, cultural or health interventions, taking into account both social and economic aspects. The detailed objectives of the research were: to present the “broader picture” of QOL and the definitions already established by previous researches; to identify social and economic indicators that can be used to measure the QOL. Specific aims of the literature review were to summarize various definitions of the concepts of QOL in general and explore the difficulties encountered in measuring the QOL, to cite the standard methods and results, and criticize methodologies.
As far as possible, in this literature review, the authors attempted to maintain consistency in terms’ use. However, based on the results obtained, it is inevitable to avoid the confusion when using the term QOL. A key part of this is the inter-changeable use of different concepts discussed below. The overall conclusions point to possible options for future researches in this field. Acta Medica Medianae 2010;49(4):52-60.
Key words: quality of life, subjective/objective QOL measures, possible approaches