World Health Organisation Five Well-Being Index (WHO-5)

General information


The World Health Organisation Five Well-Being Index (WHO-5) is a measure of general wellbeing which asks respondents to rate their interest, engagement and mood.

The measure is available in a number of different languages.



The questions are best set out on a grid, with the ability to score which statements are closest to how someone has been feeling over the last two weeks.

For this reason we recommend that you use the dedicated downloadable versions of the questionnaires, here.


Topp C.W., Østergaard S.D., Søndergaard S., & Bech P. (2015). The WHO-5 Well-Being Index: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 84, 167-176.

Validation details

Validated in a number of studies, listed here.

Mortazavi, Forough & Mousavi, Seyed & Chaman, Reza & Khosravi, Ahmad. (2015). Validation of the World Health Organization-5 Well-Being Index; Assessment of Maternal Well-Being and its Associated Factors. Turk psikiyatri dergisi = Turkish journal of psychiatry. 26. 48-55.

Cronbach’s α = 0.85


Cost / Terms of Use

Free (No permission required)

Instructions and Scoring

Available on the questionnaire pages


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