Measuring population health from a broader perspective: Assessing the My Quality of Life Questionnaire

R.J.P. Hendrikx*, H. W. Drewes, M.D. Spreeuwenberg, D. Ruwaard, M. Huuksloot, C. Zijderveld, C. A. Baan

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Population health perspectives increasingly focus on people’s perception of resilience, ability to adapt and self-manage. The goal of this study is to determine whether the (“”) survey is a valid and reliable instrument for assessing the broader health perspectives at population level.

19,809 entries of the survey were used. To assess face validity, Huber’s six dimensions of positive health were used as a framework for expert feedback. A confirmative factor analyses was done using the expert’s item clustering, followed by data-driven explorative factor analyses and reliability tests.

Experts distributed 74 of the 118 items over all six dimensions of positive health. The confirmatory factor analysis model based on expert classification was not confirmed. The subsequent exploratory factor analysis excluded most items based on factor loading and suggested two factors; ‘quality of life’ and ‘daily functioning’, both showing excellent reliability.

The survey can assess the broader concept of health in a population as well as ‘quality of life’ and ‘daily functioning’. However, the survey can currently not evaluate several of the positive health dimensions separately. Further research is needed to determine whether this is due to the instrument or the positive health dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • CARE
  • SF-12
  • Triple Aim
  • evaluation
  • population health
  • positive health


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