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Quality of Life Measures in the Elderly and Later Life

  • S. Evans
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Abstract:

 Quality of life (QOL) is a long established concept that has proliferated across professional and academic disciplines, and is applied extensively in clinical research and practice around the world, in many fields of healthcare. The term is associated with a wide range of theoretical models, approaches to measurement and measures, which in healthcare alone encompass generic, health-related and disease-specific models. This diversity contributes to a huge literature on the subject, which can be difficult to find one’s way around, especially for the uninitiated. The purpose of this chapter is to review recent measures of quality of life for  older people and to highlight their applicability for clinical research and evaluation. Distinguishing between measures of  health status, functioning, HRQOL and QOL as it is generally understood, the content and psychometric properties of existing measures are considered in order that readers can make informed choices about the concepts and measures that are of relevance to them.

Keywords

Life Satisfaction Life Quality Nottingham Health Profile Personal Wellbeing Index Sickness Impact Profile 
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:

BSQ

brief screening questionnaire

EQ5D

Euroqol 5D

FAI

functional assessment inventory

GHQ20

general health questionnaire-20

GQLQ

geriatric quality of life questionnaire

HRQOL

health related quality of life

HUI3

health utilities index 3

IADL

instrumental activities of daily living

LSES

life satisfaction in elderly scales

MFAQ

multidimensional functional assessment questionnaire

MQOL

multidimensional quality of life

NHP

nottingham health profile

PGCMAI

philadelphia geriatric center multilevel assessment

PGI

patient generated index

QOL

quality of life

QOLP-SV

quality of life profile – seniors version

QuiLL

Quality in later life

RGT

repertory grid technique

SEIQOL

self evaluation of individual quality of life

SELF

self evaluation of life

SF-36

short form 36

SIP

sickness impact profile

WB

wellbeing

WHOQOLOLD

World Health Organization QOL Old

WI

wellness index

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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 UniversitySwanseaSwansea

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