the use of scales that have been validated and standardized for different cultures is very useful for identifying demands in the field of palliative care and implementing the most appropriate care. this integrative literature review focuses on instruments assessing the quality of life of patients under palliative care through a journal search in electronic databases. the study consisted of 49 papers identified in medline/pubmed, of which 18 met the inclusion criteria previously defined. information concerning the selected studies is presented and later categorized, with a greater emphasis on the analysis of the psychometric properties of validations of the palliative outcome scale, conducted in three countries. this review enabled the identification of instruments already developed and validated for different cultures, increasing the possibility of knowledge in the field.