A Quality-of-Life Index for Clients with Ischemic Heart Disease: Establishing Reliability and Validity

Authors

  • Ellen Rukholm MScN RN,

    Associate Professor, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Ellen Rukholin is an associate professor and Marie McGirr is an assistant professor in the school of nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON, Canada.

  • Marie McGirr MScN RN

    Assistant ProfessorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Ellen Rukholin is an associate professor and Marie McGirr is an assistant professor in the school of nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON, Canada.


School of Nursing, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6, Canada.

Abstract

This article describes the method the authors will use to develop a valid and reliable instrument to measure quality of life as an outcome measure of a cardiac rehabilitation program. A discussion of the difficulties in conceptualizing and measuring quality of life and a summary of the contribution of prior studies to the development of the instrument are presented. Implications for cardiovascular nursing practice are also discussed.

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