The Wisconsin Quality of Life Index: A Multidimensional Model for Measuring Quality of Life

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The Wisconsin Quality of Life Index (W-QLI) is a multidimensional model for measuring quality of life. This model assumes that quality of life is comprised of 9 dimensions: life satisfaction, occupational activities, psychological well-being, physical health, social relations, economics, activities of daily living, symptoms, and the patient’s own goals. The W-QLI takes into account the different perspectives of the patient, the patient’s family, and the clinician, both currently and over time. An accompanying taxonomy and patient outcome report can be used in clinical practice to group the patient’s goals and to track the attainment of the goals over time, as well as to show the agreements and disagreements between the patient and clinician in terms of how satisfied each is with the patient’s progress. The W-QLI, taxonomy, and outcome report can also incorporate the service provider’s goals and can be used to examine program results.

J Clin Psychiatry 1999;60(suppl 3):29-31