The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), established in 1993, is a non-profit society to advance the scientific study of health-related quality of life and other patient-centered outcomes to identify effective interventions, enhance the quality of health care and promote the health of populations. ISOQOL provides the premiere opportunity for those in the quality of life research field to connect and network.
Quality of life has become a prominent subject in philosophy, social science, clinical medicine, health services, and outcomes research. ISOQOL fosters the worldwide exchange of information through: scientific publications, international conferences, educational outreach, and collaborative support for health related quality of life initiatives. With over 820 members representing 41 countries, ISOQOL is an international society with activities focused on promotion of high quality research in the science of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measurement and patient-reported outcomes (PRO).
“The mission of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is to advance the science of quality of life and related patient-centered outcomes in health research, care and policy.”
"The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) will improve quality of life for people everywhere by creating a future in which their perspective is integral in health research, care and policy."
"ISOQOL supports the patient voice in quality of life and patient-reported outcomes research. Patient engagement initiatives are intended to align ISOQOL's priorities and infrastructure with efforts to establish best practices in patient-engaged quality of life research and create educational efforts and model programs that promote best practices and fulfill ISOQOL's mission."
ISOQOL continues to grow and now includes more than 820 international influential leaders, outcomes researchers, surgeons, physiologists, psychometricians, nurses, new investigators, students and other medical professionals. Membership in ISOQOL is a mark of professional distinction and denotes a dedication to understanding health-related of quality of life measurement and patient-centered outcomes.
You can visit the What is Health-Related Quality of Life Research page to learn more about the work of ISOQOL’s members.
The International Society for Quality of Life Research Annual Conference is periodically held in the United States. ISOQOL’s Annual Conference is a place where influential leaders, outcomes researchers, patient research partners, surgeons, physiologists, psychometricians, nurses, new investigators, students and other medical professionals are welcome, and where the open flow of scientific information is paramount.
We are aware of the executive action by the U.S. presidential administration that would place restriction on the entry of residents from select countries. ISOQOL will continue to monitor events and will explore ways to support international attendees. We can provide an official letter of invitation to include with visa applications and provide documentation demonstrating the scientific nature of the Annual Conference.
When facing situations that threaten to interrupt our scientific pursuits, we must strengthen our resolve to work together to improve the quality of life for all people. The well-being of the world’s population and scientific progress both depend on our continued collaboration and communication. Global gatherings such as the Annual Conference are needed now more than ever.