The Quality in Later Life Questionnaire

  • S. Evans
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Having the ability to appropriately measure the life quality of  older people has potential benefit for all of those engaged in the delivery of health and social care, including policy makers, planners, clinicians and other practitioners, and patients/service users and their carers. While there are a plethora of instruments available for the measurement of quality of life (QOL) very few relate specifically to older people. To date studies have focused almost exclusively on treated populations in hospital or residential settings and upon aspects of life quality that can be attributed directly to illness or treatments, rather than on the wider impact on family and social life, safety, housing and finances etc. The Quality in Later Life (QuiLL) Assessment was designed to fill this gap. It is a short  operational measure that assesses objective life circumstances and subjective feelings relating to nine  life domains (including health and mental health) that were identified as essential attributes of life quality by older people, carers, professionals and academics in the field; it has good psychometric properties and can be used routinely in operational practice, in evaluations of services and clinical or treatment interventions, and in health services and epidemiological research. The measure has been well received in the field and is already used widely in research and practice. In this chapter the author summarizes the QuiLL’s development and validation process, outlines the lessons learned about QOL and its measurement in older people populations and describes the instrument’s potential applications in routine health and social care practice. Examples of its service and research relevance, findings and presentational attributes are also given.


Life Quality Social Care Life Domain Local Amenity Social Care Professional 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

List of Abbreviations:


disability adjusted life year


health related quality of life


quality adjusted life year


quality of life


quality in later life


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Evans
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  1. 1.Centre for Social Work and Social Care Research, School of Human SciencesSwansea UniversitySingleton ParkSwansea

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