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Definitions of selected terms related to quality of life (adapted from Patrick et al15)

Functional statusAn individual's effective ability to perform valued roles, tasks or activities (eg, going to work, playing sports or housework).
Health-related quality of life (HRQoL)Personal health status. HRQoL usually refers to aspects of our lives that are dominated or significantly influenced by our mental or physical well-being.
Quality of life (QoL)An evaluation of all aspects of our lives, including, for example, where we live, how we live and how we play, encompassing life factors such as family circumstances, finances, housing and job satisfaction.
Well-beingSubjective bodily and emotional states; how an individual feels; a state of mind distinct from functioning that pertains to behaviours and activities.