3. Choosing a Quality of Life Measure for Your Study

  1. Stephen J. Walters

Published Online: 10 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470840481.ch3

Quality of Life Outcomes in Clinical Trials and Health-Care Evaluation: A Practical Guide to Analysis and Interpretation

Quality of Life Outcomes in Clinical Trials and Health-Care Evaluation: A Practical Guide to Analysis and Interpretation

How to Cite

Walters, S. J. (2009) Choosing a Quality of Life Measure for Your Study, in Quality of Life Outcomes in Clinical Trials and Health-Care Evaluation: A Practical Guide to Analysis and Interpretation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470840481.ch3

Author Information

  1. School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 25 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470753828

Online ISBN: 9780470686140

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • assessing QoL using ‘off-the-shelf’ instrument;
  • ‘belt-and-braces’ approach for QoL assessment;
  • SF-36, widely used QoL instruments;
  • criterion validity and new QoL scale correlation with external criteria;
  • face validity and content validity;
  • construct validity - convergent validity and discriminant validity;
  • Western Ontario McMaster Osteoarthritis index (WOMAC) and Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ);
  • floor and ceiling effects;
  • repeatability reliability for QoL data types;
  • responsiveness to detect clinically significant or practically important change

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Summary

  • Introduction

  • How to choose between instruments

  • Appropriateness

  • Acceptability

  • Feasibility

  • Validity

  • Reliability

  • Responsiveness

  • Precision

  • Interpretability

  • Finding quality of life instruments