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World Health Organization Quality of Life Instruments (WHOQOL-BREF)

WHOQOL-BREF is an abbreviated generic Quality of Life Scale developed through the World Health Organization. The SeaQoL Group is the location of the US WHOQOL Center and distributes the US English version of the WHOQOL-100 and WHOQOL-BREF.

Our office handles the US English version only. If you are interested in translations of the WHOQOL-BREF instrument, please contact the World Health Organization (WHO) field center WHOQOL instrument coordinator.

The WHOQOL group
Research & Intervention
Adult, 18 and older
Type of Instrument
Quality of Life
Mode of Administration
Self-administered, interviewer-administered
Time recall
Last 2 weeks
Number of Items
26 items

List of Existing Translations:

  • English (US)

Validation Reference(s):

1. Development of the World Health Organization WHOQOL-BREF quality of life assessment. The WHOQOL Group. (1998) Psychol Med, 28(3), 551-558.

2. Skevington SM, Lotfy M, O'Connel KA, WHOQOL Group. (2004). The World Health Organization's WHOQOL-BREF quality of life assessment: psychometric properties and results of the international field trial. A report from the WHOQOL group. Quality of Life Research, 13(2), 299-310.

3. Berlim MT, Pavanello DP, Caldieraro MAK, Fleck MP. (2005). Reliability and validity of the WHOQOL BREF in a sample of Brazilian outpatients with major depression. Quality of Life Research, 14(2), 561-564.

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