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Discover the history behind the 2019 ISOQOL Rebrand Initiative, the inspiration behind the new logo and key features of this website.

What We Do

What is Quality of Life?

Welcome to Quality of Life 101. Here we outline the basics of QOL research, including:

  • The difference between QOL and HRQL
  • The purpose of HRQL research
  • Descriptions and examples of the three primary areas of HRQL research: theory, methods and application


Who We Are

International Society for Quality of Life Research

ISOQOL is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing HRQL. Learn about our purpose, global reach, history and leadership.

Get Involved


Volunteers gain valuable professional experience while also investing in the growth of ISOQOL and the field of HRQL research.



ISOQOL’s education initiatives are open to anyone with an interest in the theory, methods, standards and best practices, or application of HRQL research.


Upcoming Events

ISOQOL hosts an Annual Conference every October and a smaller, more focused symposium every July. Affiliate and partner events are also listed.


ISOQOL’s membership represents academic institutions, patients, clinical institutions and regulatory agencies, as well as consultancy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other business-related companies.


Representing over 40 countries, 50% of ISOQOL members reside in North America, 35% reside in Europe and the remaining 15% of members live around the globe.

Special Interest Groups

SIGs provide members with an outlet to connect (online and in-person) with others who share similar interests or live in the same regional network.


ISOQOL boasts two high quality journals, a dictionary (multiple translations), and a number of guides.


Help ISOQOL to continue awarding more Travel Scholarships!

Every dollar donated moves the plane 1 kilometer. Help move the plane 9,000 kilometers from San Diego, California, USA (2019 Annual Conference location) to Prague, Czech Republic (2020 Annual Conference location) by Giving Tuesday on 3 December 2019. We are nearly 600 kilometers away!


ISOQOL Dictionary for Quality of Life and Health Outcomes Measurement

The idea of creating a dictionary of terms used in our field arose from the Uruguay meeting in 2008. An encounter with a discouraged student who had just realized that, although seasoned members from our society distinguished between quality of life (QOL) and health related quality of life (HRQL), novices and researchers from other fields did not. The idea of a dictionary as a invaluable resource for people working in the field of HRQL and health outcomes was enthusiastically received by the Board of Directors. Today, the official ISOQOL Dictionary is available in English and Portuguese, with other translations in-progress.



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The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.