The Mental Health Quality of Life questionnaire (MHQoL) is a standardized, self-administered measure of quality of life that has been developed for use in people with mental health problems.
The Mental Health Quality of Life questionnaire (MHQoL) is a standardized, self-administered measure of quality of life that has been developed for use in people with mental health problems. The MHQoL consists of two parts: a descriptive system, the MHQoL-7D and a visual-analogue scale, the MHQoL-VAS. The MHQoL-7D comprises seven questions, covering seven dimensions (self-image, independence, mood, relationships, daily activities, physical health, future), each with four response levels (e.g. ranging from very satisfied to very dissatisfied). The MHQoL-7D index score can vary from 0 to 21, with higher scores indicating better quality of life. The MHQoL-VAS records the self-esteemed general psychological well-being of the respondent on a horizontal scale ranging from zero (“worst imaginable psychological well-being”) to ten (“best imaginable psychological well-being “).
The MHQoL is currently available in Dutch, English, and German. The descriptive system is currently being valued. Based on the resulting value set, a weighted sum score based on the preferences of the general public can be calculated. The MHQoL-7D value set is expected to be available in the beginning of 2022.
MHQoL scoring manual
The scoring manual explains the calculation of scores for the descriptive system of the MHQoL, the MHQoL-7D. The scoring manual can be found under instruments.
The MHQoL is available for use without prior permission from the authors. The instruments can be found HERE. Its use is the responsibility of the researcher. Please reference the use of the MHQoL in any publication:
Van Krugten, F. C. W., Busschbach, J. J. V., Versteegh, M. M., Hakkaart-van Roijen, L., & Brouwer, W. B. F. (2021). The Mental Health Quality of Life Questionnaire (MHQoL): development and first psychometric evaluation of a new measure to assess quality of life in people with mental health problems. Quality of Life Research, 1-11.
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