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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Measurement of quality of life

Measurement of quality of life: Current state of the art. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , Volume 63(2) , Pgs. 56-59.

NARIC Accession Number: J60214. What's this?
ISSN: 0003-9993.
Author(s): Flanagan, John C.
Publication Year: 1982.
Number of Pages: 4.
Abstract: Article describes an empirical approach to defining the main determinants of quality of life (QOL) and the development and application of procedures for surveying the importance of each component in representative samples of 3 age groups of Americans. These age groups included people 30, 50, and 70 years of age. The survey also included reports by these subjects concerning the extent to which their needs and wants were met with respect to each of these components. Using the critical incident technique it was found that there were 15 components that included all of the 6,500 activities and experiences reported by a wide variety of Americans from various geographic areas as contributing either positively or negatively to their QOL. The survey of 500 men and 500 women at each of the 3 age levels was found that the 5 dimensions they most frequently described as important included: health, children, understanding oneself, work, and spouse. The 5 dimensions for which they reported their needs and wants were least well met were: participating in government, active recreation, learning and education, creative expression, and helping others. The 5 dimensions that correlated most highly with their reports of overall QOL at present were: material comforts, work, health, active recreation, and learning and education. Suggestions are made for revising these procedures for use with people with a disability to improve their QOL.

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Citation: Flanagan, John C. (1982). Measurement of quality of life: Current state of the art. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 63(2), Pgs. 56-59. Retrieved 5/19/2011, from REHABDATA database.

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