[Application of the Portuguese version of the abbreviated instrument of quality life WHOQOL-bref]

Rev Saude Publica. 2000 Apr;34(2):178-83. doi: 10.1590/s0034-89102000000200012.
[Article in Portuguese]


Introduction: The need of short instruments to evaluate Quality of life determines World Health Organization Quality of Life Group (WHOQOL Group) to develop an abbreviated version of the WHOQOL-100, the WHOQOL-bref. The objective is to present the Brazilian field trial of the WHOQOL-bref.

Methods: WHOQOL-bref is composed by 26 questions divided in four domains: physical, psychological, social relationships and environment. The evaliation instrument, BDI (beck depression inventory) and BHS (beck hopelessness scale) were used in a 300 subjects sample in Porto Alegre, South Brazil.

Results/conclusions: The instrument showed a good performance concerning internal consistency, discriminant validity, criterion validity, concurrent validity and test-retest reliability. The intrument allies good psychometric performance and practicity for use which puts it as an interesting option to evaluate quality of life in Brazil.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Quality of Life*
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • World Health Organization*