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The WHOQOL-HIV are instrument-based tests developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and designed to measure quality of life for people living with HIV and AIDS. Rates and severity of diseases have accurate measurements, but there is no option for the more internalized concepts of well being of the afflicted and how their quality of life is affected.
Two specific tests (100 and BREF) were developed by 15 branches around the world. Both tests have many uses, such as gauging the reaction of individuals and the policies that impact them as well as use in research or the doctor-patient relationship.
Because it was developed with the support of and for countries around the world, it is vital that the test's questions be capable of being understood as rapidly as possible, without regard to culture, socioeconomic background, literacy, or knowledge of certain academic/medicine terms or concepts. Differing perceptions, or how certain gestures or metaphors are understood, are also quite different the world over, so the tests place a priority on the individual’s perspective. This is why the WHOQOL is available in multiple languages.
Those seeking to be part of field tests should contact their national center, which would be in Barcelona, Spain for Spanish speakers.
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