• gastroenterology;
  • health-related quality of life;
  • IBDQ;
  • inflammatory bowel disease;
  • irritable bowel disease;
  • Psychological General Well-Being Index (PGWB);
  • Quality of Life in Reflux and Dyspepsia (QOLRAD);
  • Quality of Well Being Index (QWB);
  • reflux disease;
  • Short Form-36 (SF-36)


Society is changing rapidly, and new aspects need to be considered when evaluating treatment of disease. Health-related quality of life (HRQL) is a relatively new addition to the tools clinicians use to gain a better understanding of the impact of disease and its treatment. The questions ‘What is it?’, ‘How it is measured?’ and ‘How can the information be used?’ are now better understood than a few years ago. Generic instruments to capture HRQL enable a broad assessment of a range of aspects and can be used to make comparisons between different patient populations. Irrespective of the choice of instrument, they can classify the influence of different factors, such as gender, age, general health status and disease severity. Health-related quality of life assessments have been made in many areas of gastroenterology, such as reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, to describe the burden of illness and the impact of treatment. Health-related quality of life as a prediction of treatment response is another interesting option. Its ability in the context of surgical intervention and outcomes is also emerging even though more work must be done in this area. Health-related quality of life evaluations, as an additional tool in the management of patients, are here to stay.