Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life

Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life

Gulis and Fujino (2015) discuss how micro and macro environments influence our perception of our quality of life. Everyone’s lives are influenced by political, environmental, social, cultural, educational, and coping factors. Health impact assessments (HIAs) are a way to measure how one evaluates the quality of their life. It is difficult to clearly state that an HIA can adequately measure one’s quality of life because so much of it is subjective and situational. HIAs add value to Epidemiology and attempts to quantify the impact that all of these influences have on our lives. The information indicates trends and adds value to epidemiology and population health. However, HRQoLs are a matter of perception and ultimately subjective.

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Gulis, G., & Fujino, Y. (2015). Epidemiology, Population Health, and Health Impact Assessment. Journal of Epidemiology25(3), 179–180.  https://doi.org/10.2188/jea.je20140212

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