Health-related Quality of Life

Why Does It Matter?

"What is the Value of Patient-Reported Outcomes?" by AIR, 3 minutes

An individual's health-related quality of life is an important part of assessing holistic well-being. One way this can be measured is using PROMIS® (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System), a set of person-centered measures that evaluates and monitors physical, mental, and social health in adults and children (Cella et al., 2007). Read more...

According to San Keller, Managing Researcher at the American Institutes for Research, "You can't manage what you don't measure and monitor" (American Institutes for Research, 2017). Patient-reported outcomes can be particularly helpful in longitudinal studies that examine health outcomes after a particular intervention.

About the Instrument

The Health-related Quality of Life survey aims to estimate an individual's overall health-related quality of life using questions pertaining to perceived pain, fatigue, emotional distress, physical functioning, and social role participation.

There are 10 questions included in the Health-related Quality of Life survey, and it takes 5-8 minutes to complete. Details about the questions and where they come from can be found in the document attached to this page.

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Health-Related Quality of Life


  • Cella D, Yount S, Rothrock N, Gershon R, Cook K, Reeve B, et al. The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS): progress of an NIH Roadmap cooperative group during its first two years. Med Care 2007; 45 Suppl 1: S3–11.

  • American Institutes for Research. (2017, June 20). What is the Value of Patient-Reported Outcomes? [Video]. YouTube.