Quality of life and mental health: what questions should we ask?

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Users of mental health services are concerned about how appropriate the EQ-5D is as an outcome measure (Crawford et al, 2011). They argue that it is too brief to capture the full complexity of the concept of quality of life and it focuses on what professionals consider to be important rather than service users. Literature reviews have found that the EQ-5D, and similar measures such as the SF-6D (Brazier et al, 2002), are not appropriate for people with severe mental health problems (e.g. Papaionnou et al 2011), but they continue to be commonly used. Therefore, I welcome Connell et al’s (2014) study which explored mental health service users’ perspectives on the domains of quality of life which matter the most to them.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBlog post
Media of outputonline
PublisherThe Social Care Elf
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2014


  • measures
  • Mental health
  • Review

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