April 29th, 2014

The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, edited by Alex Michalos, is now available at Springer

Quality of life is closely connected to the success indicators as part of the VOICE Research Project.  Quality of life has been used as an indicator of the general well-being of a person or society, defined in terms of health and happiness, rather than wealth (Collins English Dictionary).  The World Health Organization defines Quality of life as “an individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards, and concerns” (Oort, 2005).  Ferrell (1995) defined quality of life as well-being covering four areas: physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.

The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

  • Is the first comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life and well-being

  • Covers the subject of quality of life from a multidisciplinary perspective

  • Includes the behavioral and social sciences as well as health and healthcare

  • Has an international and interdisciplinary editorial board of 155 people from 38 countries

  • Includes about 1800 authors from 52 countries, 2200 articles in the encyclopedia, and 7347 pages in 12 volumes.


The aim of this encyclopedia is to provide a comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life, including health-related quality of life research or also called patient-reported outcomes research.

Since the 1960s two overlapping but fairly distinct research communities and traditions have developed concerning ideas about the quality of life, individually and collectively, one with a fairly narrow focus on health-related issues and one with a quite broad focus. In many ways, the central issues of these fields have roots extending to the observations and speculations of ancient philosophers, creating a continuous exploration by diverse explorers in diverse historic and cultural circumstances over several centuries of the qualities of human existence. What we have not had so far is a single, multidimensional reference work connecting the most salient and important contributions to the relevant fields.

Entries are organized alphabetically and cover basic concepts, relatively well established facts, lawlike and causal relations, theories, methods, standardized tests, biographic entries on significant figures, organizational profiles, indicators and indexes of qualities of individuals and of communities of diverse sizes, including rural areas, towns, cities, counties, provinces, states, regions, countries and groups of countries.

You can access The Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research at Springer here: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/wellbeing+%26+quality-of-life/book/978-94-007-0752-8