Individualised measures of quality of life (QoL) refer to instruments that encourage the respondent to actively elicit which areas of their life are most relevant for his/her QoL. The aim of this study is to compare individualised versus standard measures of QoL in a sample of patients with eating disorder (ED). The Schedule for the Evaluation of the Individual Quality of Life (SEIQoL) and a generic measure of QoL [World Health Organization Brief Quality of Life Assessment Scale (WHOQOL-BREF)] were applied on two occasions (one-year follow-up) to a sample of 165 patients with ED, 57 recovered patients with ED, and 349 women from the general population. The areas of 'family', 'education/career or job', 'friends', 'leisure', 'romantic partner' and 'health' were identified as the most important for their QoL for all groups, both times. The WHOQOL-BREF was more sensitive than the SEIQoL in detecting changes that occurred over time. Clinical interventions for ED should consider social components as objectives of intervention.
Keywords: SEIQoL; WHOQOL-BREF; eating disorders; quality of life; recovery.
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