ICECAP-A (ICEPop CAPability measure for Adults)

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Al-Janabi H, Flynn T, Coast J. (2012) Development of a self-report measure of capability wellbeing for adults: the ICECAP-A. Quality of Life Research 21: 167-176 (DOI: 10.1007/s11136-011-9927-2).
General information
Purpose The ICECAP-A is a measure of capability for the general adult 18+ population for use in economic evaluation. Unlike most profile measures used in economic evaluations, the ICECAP-A focuses on wellbeing defined in a broader sense, rather than health.
Domain(s) Goal Pursuit
Life Satisfaction
Positive Affect
Quality of Life
Sense of Meaning
Target population Adult
Number of items 20
Administration format self-report
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Alternate forms

The ICECAP-O (ICEpop CAPability measure for Older people)

Availability in other languages Welsh, Dutch, Chinese, German, Danish, Persian, Italian, French, Hungarian, Czech, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese
Fee for use
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If you wish to translate the ICECAP measure, or if you have a query that is not covered by the Frequently Asked Questions, please contact: or

User Agreement forms should be sent to:, or posted to:

Dr Philip Kinghorn
Health Economics Unit
Institute of Applied Health Research
Public Health Building
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UKB15 2TT

Non-exhaustive list of psychometric studies

Al-Janabi, H., Peters, T. J., Brazier, J., Bryan, S., Flynn, T. N., Clemens, S., . . . Coast, J. (2013). An investigation of the construct validity of the ICECAP-A capability measure. Quality of Life Research, 22(7), 1831-1840. doi:10.1007/s11136-012-0293-5

Baji, P., Farkas, M., Dobos, Á., Zrubka, Z., Gulácsi, L., Brodszky, V., . . . Péntek, M. (2020). Capability of well-being: Validation of the Hungarian version of the ICECAP-A and ICECAP-O questionnaires and population normative data. Quality of Life Research, 29(10), 2863-2874. doi:10.1007/s11136-020-02542-1

Baji, P., Farkas, M., Dobos, Á., Zrubka, Z., Kovács, L., Gulácsi, L., & Péntek, M. (2021). Comparing the measurement properties of the ICECAP-A and ICECAP-O instruments in ages 50–70: A cross-sectional study on a representative sample of the Hungarian general population. European Journal of Health Economics, 22(9), 1453-1466. doi:10.1007/s10198-021-01325-w

Goranitis, I., Coast, J., Al-Janabi, H., Latthe, P., & Roberts, T. E. (2016). The validity and responsiveness of the ICECAP-A capability-well-being measure in women with irritative lower urinary tract symptoms. Quality of Life Research, 25(8), 2063-2075. doi:10.1007/s11136-015-1225-y

Holst-Kristensen, A. W., Fonager, K., & Pedersen, K. M. (2020). Test–retest reliability of ICECAP-A in the adult Danish population. Quality of Life Research, 29(2), 547-557. doi:10.1007/s11136-019-02331-5

Mitchell, P. M., Al-Janabi, H., Byford, S., Kuyken, W., Richardson, J., Iezzi, A., & Coast, J. (2017). Assessing the validity of the ICECAP-A capability measure for adults with depression. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1) doi:10.1186/s12888-017-1211-8

Shahtaheri, R. S., Nikfar, S., Sari, A. A., & Yekani Nejad, M. S. (2020). Cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric analysis of the Persian version of the ICEpop CAPability measure for adults capability measure in the Iranian general population. Value in Health Regional Issues, 21, 188-193. doi:10.1016/j.vhri.2020.01.001

Xiong, Y., Wu, H., & Xu, J. (2021). Assessing the reliability and validity of the ICECAP-A instrument in Chinese type 2 diabetes patients. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 19(1) doi:10.1186/s12955-020-01632-5

Additional information

If you are interested please complete a user agreement and send the form to: Dr Samantha Husbands E-mail: for a copy of the measure