Clinical Research Glossary

Quality of Life (QOL) Quality of Life (QOL)

How someone feels and functions day to day.

Example of Quality of Life (QOL) in a sentence

The goal of measuring participant Quality of Life is to understand how they feel and their mental, physical, and social well-being.

More Info

Quality of Life (QOL) questions look at how someone feels about their life in the context of their culture and values, QOL is also measured in relation to their own goals, expectations, standards, and concerns.

Quality of Life is often based on the person’s ability to do or enjoy daily living activities.

For example, if a person used to take daily walks but no longer is able to, this person’s Quality of Life might be impacted negatively.

Other info to think about when joining a study

The study team may collect information about your Quality of Life during the study. They may want to compare your Quality of Life before the study and your Quality of Life after you start the study treatment.

Quality of Life may be something you write down yourself using study surveys. This information could also be collected through interviews.

You could ask the study team to list out specific things that you may want to consider when thinking about your own Quality of Life.

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