QOL Publications

Quality of Life: What are the implications for health promotion
Dennis Raphael, Ivan Brown, Rebecca Renwick, Irving Rootman
January 1996, 16 pages


Quality of life (QOL) is an increasingly common theme in the health literature. Most work has focused on the effects of illness and disability. The implications of a QOL focus for health promotion are examined by presentation of a new model of QOL and related work carried out by the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto. The QOL approach builds upon the W.H.O. definition of health as consisting of physical, psychological, and social well-being, and provides a means for improving individuals' lives through a range of health promotion activities. Applications with persons with developmental disabilities, seniors in the community, and adolescents are described. Preliminary work assessing the QOL of communities is mentioned.