Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index (Ferrans and Powers QLI)

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Ferrans, CE. And Powers, MJ. Quality of Life Index: Development and psychometric properties. Adv. Nurs Sci 1985; 8: 15-24
General information
Purpose The QLI was developed to measure the quality of life of healthy individuals, as well as those who are experiencing an illness. The instrument consists of two sections: one measures satisfaction with various domains of life, and the other measures the importance of the domain to the subject.
Domain(s) Goal Pursuit
Life Satisfaction
Positive Affect
Quality of Life
Sense of Meaning
Target population Adult
Number of items 66
Administration format self-report
Additional formats
Alternate forms
Availability in other languages French, Hungarian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai
Fee for use
Related information on use of the measure

The Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index (Ferrans and Powes QLI) can be found here.

Non-exhaustive list of psychometric studies

Dehesh, T., Zare, N., Jafari, P., & Sagheb, M. M. (2014). Psychometric assessment of the Persian version of the Ferrans and powers 3.0 index in hemodialysis patients. International Urology and Nephrology, 46(6), 1183-1189. doi:10.1007/s11255-013-0537-5

Ferrans, C. E. (1990). Development of a quality of life index for patients with cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 17(3 Suppl), 15-19; discussion 20. Retrieved from www.scopus.com

Ferrans, C. E. (1996). Development of a conceptual model of quality of life. Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice, 10(3), 293-304. Retrieved from www.scopus.com

Halabi, J. O. (2006). Psychometric properties of the Arabic version of quality of life index. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 55(5), 604-610. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2006.03952_1.x

May, L. A., & Warren, S. (2002). Measuring quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury: External and structural validity. Spinal Cord, 40(7), 341-350. doi:10.1038/sj.sc.3101311

Mizuno, M., Munezawa, N., Yamashita, M., Sasahara, T., Mayers, T., Park, C., & Ferrans, C. E. (2020). Reliability and validity of the Japanese version of the quality of life index for patients with cancer. Research in Nursing and Health, doi:10.1002/nur.22011

Rustøen, T., Wiklund, I., Hanestad, B. R., & Burckhardt, C. S. (1999). Validity and reliability of the Norwegian version of the Ferrans and powers quality of life index. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 13(2), 96-101. doi:10.1080/02839319950162633

Additional information

The QLI is a copyrighted instrument. The QLI is made available through this website for use in non-profit research and non-profit clinical practice, for which there is no charge for use of the QLI. This permission applies only to use of the QLI as it can be printed from this website (for example, paper copies printed from the website). This permission does not apply to incorporation of the QLI or any of its items into computer software, including software for administration by computer. This permission also does not apply to any for-profit use of the QLI or to any sales of materials including the QLI. A licensing agreement is required for incorporation of the QLI into computer software and for all for-profit use. A licensing agreement also is required for all sales of materials including the QLI. Contact Dr. Carol Ferrans directly at the University of Illinois at Chicago regarding licensing agreements. For any publications that utilize this measure send information to Dr. Ferrans at cferrans@uic.edu