Quality of life or more correctly health-related quality of life is currently receiving more attention in biomedical literature and outcome studies. However, there are several issues that we should be dealt with. First, measuring quality of life needs valid and reliable instruments. In addition, it is important to know how we conceptualize quality of life and reproductive health. Finally, a challenge remains whether we should use general measures, specific instruments, or both? This lecture will focus briefly on introducing quality of life instruments (both general and specific) that were used in reproductive health investigations. A few recommendations will be made for new investigators.
Materials and methods