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Aims and scope

Aims and scope

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes is an open access, peer-reviewed journal offering rapid publication and wide diffusion in the public domain of high-quality articles in the field of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL).
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes considers original research manuscripts using appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods, systematic reviews/meta-analyses, seminar papers, study protocols, commentaries on articles, and letters to the editor where the main focus is HRQOL. We welcome contributions in the following areas:

  1. Hypothesis-based or theory-driven primary or secondary analyses using observational or experimental data using HRQOL information as an independent or dependent variable;
  2. Systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses of HRQOL studies following appropriate reporting guidelines (e.g., PRISMA);
  3. Articles describing novel theoretical frameworks created to underpin the development or use of HRQOL instruments;
  4. Submissions describing the psychometric properties of instruments measuring HRQOL or similar patient reported outcomes, including the validation of existing instruments in new populations, settings, or contexts;
  5. Methodological and applied research using preference elicitation exercises to report the estimation of value sets to inform health valuation; and  
  6. Study protocols, provided data collection and analysis have not yet begun.

To encourage the submission of high-quality work, all manuscripts submitted to the journal should conform to the relevant reporting guidelines (e.g., PRISMA, PRISMA-P, MOOSE, STROBE, CONSORT). Systematic reviews/meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials will only be considered for publication if they are preceded by a registry listing (e.g., PROSPERO, or a published study protocol.