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Quality of Life Research

An International Journal of Quality of Life Aspects of Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation - An Official Journal of the International Society of Quality of Life Research

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Quality of Life Research is an international, multidisciplinary journal of original research, theoretical articles, and methodological reports related to the field of health related quality of life (HRQL), in all the health sciences. The journal’s focus is on the HRQL aspects of treatment, care, and rehabilitation (e.g., illness/health related, health care, at-risk of disease, population health), reflecting the wide application of HRQL assessment and research in the biological and social sciences. The journal also offers editorials, correspondence, registered reports, and conference abstracts.
Quality of life has become a prominent issue in philosophy, social science, clinical medicine, health services and outcomes research. The journal's scope reflects the application of subjectively reported health related quality of life assessment as relates to conditions and treatment. All original work is subject to peer review for originality, scientific quality, and relevance to a broad readership.”

  • Jan R. Boehnke,
  • Brittany Lapin
Impact factor
3.3 (2023)
5 year impact factor
4.4 (2023)
Submission to first decision (median)
19 days
1,440,275 (2023)

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  • 2024 Measuring What Matters Symposium

    Measuring what Matters in Social Determinants of Health: The Impact of Social Determinants of Health on HRQL for Persons with Chronic Illness

    16-17 July 2024 | Virtual Event

    There is an established link between differences in social determinants of health (SDOH) and chronic disease disparities, and between chronic disease and health related quality of life (HRQL). Far less is known about associations among SDOH, HRQL, chronic disease and health outcomes, including whether SDOH mediate the relationship between HRQL and chronic disease outcomes. This symposium proposes to highlight conceptual relationships among these concepts, stimulate research ideas including novel methodologies to analyze relationships between SDOH, and HRQL for people with chronic illness.

  • 2024 ISOQOL Annual Conference

    All different together: Showcasing variety of QOL research

    13-16 October 2024 | Cologne, Germany

    The 2024 Annual Conference will focus on the range of research done within the QOL field. Working within the framework of applications, methods and theory, we would like to turn to topics that might be less prominent. The plenaries will cover regulatory issues in digital health services, non-PRO measures and their technological applications, and the concept of HRQL from a more philosophical perspective.


    The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

    Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.

  • Registered Reports

    Registered Reports are a publication format in which the research question and the quality of methodology are peer-reviewed before the data are collected and analysed. Registered Reports are intended to strengthen the methodology and transparency of research papers. The editors are pleased to offer this article type for authors submitting to Quality of Life Research.

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