Jeanne M. Landgraf
HealthAct, Boston, Massachusetts
Tufts-New England Medical Center
Recent national data reports ( Koppelman, 1994; Newacheck & Taylor, 1992) confirm the need for generic health assessment instruments that capture the potential morbidity and outcome of both psychosocial and physical problems in issues that matter most to children and their families. The issues often relate to the everyday functioning of children including their emotional and social well-being, behavior, school performance, self-esteem, and family life. Issues such as housing, environment, and religion although equally tantamount, are usually beyond the scope of currently available patient-reported health assessment instruments.