Promoting Excellence : Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index

Instrument Name:
Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index
Two versions: 25 item and 15 item

Clinical Care Tools - Quality of Life

Ira Byock, MD
Melanie Merriman, PhD, MBA
VITAS Healthcare Corporation

Author Contact Information:
Ira Byock ([email protected])
Melanie Merriman ([email protected])
7511 Beachview Drive
North Bay Village, FL 33141

quality of life, hospice, care plan, advanced illness, assessment, preferences, care planning, spiritual assessment

Byock, I.R. and Merriman, MP (1998) Measuring quality of life for patients with terminal illness: The Missoula-VITAS® Quality of Life Index. Palliative Medicine, 12: 231-244.

To use this tool:
A license is required to use this tool. Agencies can obtain a license to use the tool only after completion of a required training course. Information on the course is available from the Hospice Institute of the Florida Suncoast; contact Susan Bruno at [email protected].

Researchers can obtain a license to use the tool for research only by contacting Melanie Merriman ([email protected]).

To view this tool:
Use this link to view the instrument:
There is a link on the home page to information about and a copy of both versions of the Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index.


Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to long-term changes in health care institutions to substantially improve care for dying people and their families. Visit for more resources.

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