versión impresa ISSN 1134-928X
This review begins with a background on the evolution of quality of life (QOL) concept and its application in health care, which owes its importance, as widely as it is conceived personal health status that contains implicitly wellbeing. So, this paradigm has allowed developing measures (instruments) to capture the multipledimensions of health, such as perceived health or health related quality of life (HRQOL). The measurement of HRQOL has proven useful in research, in clinical practice, in health services evaluation and in public health, contributing toenhance and improve health care management. With time evolution and technological progress, life expectancy has increased, resulting in an aging population with frequent presence of chronic and metabolic diseases which, in many cases,bring with chronic wounds, very difficult to manage and significantly negatively affecting the HRQOL of aged population, especially women. The recent literature is profuse on several instruments for measuring HRQL, so it's necessary to learn and to use the right tool, in regard to health conditions, in order to approximate to people real needs of care. Most HRQL measurement tools have been developed in Europe and U.S., So, if you would to be used in different population from the original ones it's need adaptation and validation respectively to the new population to reflect the real perception of population.
Palabras clave : Quality of life health-related QOL; chronic wounds; Measuring quality of life.