Requol: A new brief generic measure of quality of life and recovery in mental health populations

‘Recovering Quality of Life’ (ReQoL), is a new Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) that is being developed to assess the quality of life for people with different mental health conditions. A PROM is a questionnaire that patients complete about their health. ReQoL looks at themes (hope, autonomy, self-perception, belonging, well-being and ill-being, activities and physical health) that really matter to service users’ quality of life. Service users are heavily involved the creation of the ReQoL measure along with academics, clinicians and policy makers both nationally and internationally.

 Questionnaires like this are important as they are used in helping to decide what support or services people receive and to measure and improve the quality of care that service users receive. The NHS is committed to increasing the use of outcome measures to improve care for people with mental health problems (Closing the Gap 2014).

The ReQoL measure will be available for use from May 2016 to assess outcomes of interventions in routine clinical practice, audit, and monitoring.  

ReQoL is funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme and led by Professor John Brazier, Theme Lead of the Health Economics and Outcomes Measurement Theme in NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber. Please contact reqol@sheffield.ac.uk  for further information.