In Sight—QOL Testing: Complementing Clinicals

Jan 1, 2008 | Contact Author | By: K. Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine
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Title: In Sight—QOL Testing: Complementing Clinicals
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Defining Well-being 
Quality of life (QOL), also known as well-being, is measured most often by political or social groups to determine the economic state of a targeted population. The World Health Organization defines health as a combination of physical, mental and social well-being. Personal care efficacy tests are known to test the physical effects or toxicity of products, often omitting more abstract and possibly equally as important factors such as well-being.

Many professionals in the spa industry maintain that certain treatments and products can affect not only physical characteristics but also the consumer’s well-being. Some individuals in the personal care industry agree; however, debate exists in the industry as to whether there are ways

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