Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is an important measure in supporting heart health. Assessing QOL on a validated and reliable instrument provides valuable information for program quality improvement and patient care.[#national-heart-foundation-of-australia.-multidisciplinary-care...-2010]
Generic, non-cardiac specific, tools measure general aspects of health and are particularly useful in assessing the impairment of physical and emotional functioning; examples include the Short Form (SF)-36, Duke Health Profile and the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL).
Cardiac-specific QOL tools are designed to identify physical and emotional symptoms associated with cardiac conditions. Some commonly used cardiac specific tools are listed below. All have a licensing fee: