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Keywords:

  • quality of life;
  • breast cancer;
  • breast cancer survivors;
  • instrument development;
  • psychometric analysis

Abstract

The importance of quality of life (QOL) measurement among breast cancer survivors (BCS) is well-recognized by researchers and clinicians. With data from 427 rural BCS, the authors used a combination of clinical expertise and statistical analysis to revise a 48-item measure of QOL specific to BCS. The revised 15-item measure showed adequate psychometric properties and provides the basis for a brief yet comprehensive multidimensional measure of QOL applicable to most BCS. Future work includes fine-tuning the measurement model and examining its generalizability among non-rural BCS. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 36: 423–434, 2013