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WHO (Five) Well-Being Index (WHO-5)

How to Use

  • Five items rated on 6-point Likert scale
  • Subjective quality of life based on positive mood (good spirits, relaxation), vitality (being active and waking up fresh and rested), and general interest (being interested in things)
  • Higher scores mean better well-being 
  • Available in many languages


How to Score

  • Raw score: total the figures of the 5 answers - 0 to 25.
  • Raw score: 0 represents worst possible quality of life and 25 represents best possible quality of life.
  • Percentage score 0 to 100: raw score multiplied by 4.
  • Percentage score: 0 represents worst possible quality of life and 100 represents best possible quality of life.

For depression:
Sensitivity: 93%
Specificity: 83%
Topp CW, et al. Psychother Psychosom. 2015;84(3):167-176.




A score below 13 indicates poor well-being and is an indication for further evaluation.

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