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Volume 7, Pages 1222-1229
Review Article

A Comprehensive Review of Quality of Life (QOL) Research in Hong Kong

1Center for Quality of Life, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
2Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, China
3Social Welfare Practice and Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

Received 25 June 2007; Revised 22 July 2007; Accepted 23 July 2007

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2007 Daniel T. L. Shek and Britta M. Lee.


Published quality of life (QOL) studies in Hong Kong indexed in the major databases were reviewed. Several observations are highlighted from this review. First, most of the published studies were empirical studies involving data collection. Second, there are more micro studies utilizing individual QOL indices than macro studies using societal indicators. Third, most studies addressed personal well-being, followed by studies on family well-being and societal well-being. Fourth, the studies were predominantly quantitative in nature. Fifth, most of the studies were based on adults and comparatively fewer studies were based on children and adolescents. Sixth, most studies were based on populations with special needs, followed by studies based on the general population, helping professionals, and caregivers. Seventh, most studies used measures of QOL rather than developed QOL measures. Finally, QOL data in Hong Kong were seldom compared with those in other places. The gaps on QOL studies in Hong Kong and future research directions are discussed.