Wellbeing is a key policy objective in health and care services. The Personal Wellbeing Score (PWS) is a short generic person-reported measure of happiness or subjective wellbeing. PWS is based on the four ONS personal wellbeing questions (ONS4) and thresholds, which are used in the Annual Population Survey.
- I am satisfied with my life – this is an overall measure of life satisfaction
- What I do in my life is worthwhile – this is a measure of worthwhileness or “eudemonic” wellbeing
- I was happy yesterday – this measures current positive experience
- I was NOT anxious yesterday – this measures current negative experience. High anxiety implies low wellbeing.
The Personal Wellbeing Score is easy to use and has good psychometric properties. It is suitable for routine use as a performance measure in patient-centred care and quality improvement studies, alongside other patient-reported outcome and experience measures.