Hickey AM, Bury G, O'boyle CA Et Al. A New Short Form Individual Quality Of Life Measure (Seiqol-Dw): Application In A Cohort Of Individuals With Hiv/Aids. Bmj 1996;313:29-33

Quality of life is an increasingly important outcome measure in medicine and health care. Many measures of quality of life present patients with predetermined lists of questions that may or may not be relevant to the individual patient. This paper describes a brief measure, the SEIQoL-DW, which is derived from the schedule for evaluation of individual quality of life (SEIQoL). The measure allows respondents to nominate the areas of life which are most important, rate their level of functioning or satisfaction with each, and indicate the relative importance of each to their overall quality of life. Given its practicality and brevity, the measure should prove particularly useful in clinical situations where patient generated data on quality of life is important. This article describes the first clinical application of the measure, assessing the quality of life of a cohort of patients with HIV/AIDS managed in general practice.


Mcgee HM, O'boyle CA, Hickey A Et Al. Assessing The Quality Of Life Of The Individual : The Seiqol With A Healthy And A Gastroenterology Unit Population. Psychological Medicine 1991;21:749-759

Current methods of measuring quality of life (QoL) impose an external value system on individuals, rather than allowing them to describe their lives in terms of those factors which they consider important. The Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQoL) was developed to overcome such limitations. The QoL of 42 healthy attenders at an international immunization clinic was assessed using SEIQoL. Judgement reliability was high (r = 0.74) and individuals' judgement policies accounted for a large percentage of the variance in overall QoL (R2 = 0.75) demonstrating the construct validity of judgement analysis in this context. In a second study of QoL of out-patient suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (N = 20) or peptic ulcer disease (PUD) (N = 20) was assessed using SEIQoL. Judgement reliability was lower (r = 0.54) although statistically highly significant (P less than 0.01), and the variance in overall QoL judgements explained was high (R2 = 0.74). SEIQoL is an acceptable, reliable and valid technique for measuring individual QoL that takes greater account of individual perspectives than traditional measurement approaches