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Comparison of quality of life measures in Korean menopausal women

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  • Hyunjeong Shin

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    1. Kyung Hee University College of Nursing Science, 1 Hoegi-Dong, Dongdaemun-Gu, Seoul 130-701, Korea
    • Kyung Hee University College of Nursing Science, 1 Hoegi-Dong, Dongdaemun-Gu, Seoul 130-701, Korea
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    • Assistant Professor.


  • This study was supported by a grant from the Kyung Hee University in 2010 (KHU-20100683).

Abstract

The psychometric properties of two menopause-specific quality of life (QoL) measures, the Menopausal Quality of Life (MQOL), and the Women's Health Questionnaire (WHQ), were evaluated and compared in a convenience sample of 304 Korean women in menopausal transition. Data were collected with a self-report questionnaire. Evaluation of validity included factor analysis, convergent and discriminant validity, and known-groups validity. Evaluation of reliability included internal consistency reliability and item analysis. The results indicated that both QoL instruments were valid, but the WHQ was more internally consistent in measuring QoL although with a factor structure different from previous research. Replication studies to identify factor structures are needed for both measures. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:383–396, 2012

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