Measuring quality of life in older people: Reliability and validity of WHOQOL-OLD

Peel, Nancye M., Bartlett, Helen P. and Marshall, Alison (2007) Measuring quality of life in older people: Reliability and validity of WHOQOL-OLD. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 26 4: 162-167. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2007.00249.x

Author Peel, Nancye M.
Bartlett, Helen P.
Marshall, Alison
Title Measuring quality of life in older people: Reliability and validity of WHOQOL-OLD
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
Publication date 2007-12
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2007.00249.x
Volume 26
Issue 4
Start page 162
End page 167
Total pages 6
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
110308 Geriatrics and Gerontology
Abstract Objectives: The World Health Organization (WHO) recently developed a generic Quality of Life (QOL) measure, the WHOQOL-OLD, specifically for use with older adults. This pilot study aimed to test the psychometric properties of the new measure to determine its suitability for evaluating outcomes of healthy ageing interventions. Methods: A random sample of 100 participants aged 65 years and older, selected from a database of community research volunteers, was invited to complete a mailed questionnaire administered at two time points. The questionnaire included the WHOQOL-OLD, a generic health-related QOL measure, the SF-12, as well as psychological and physical well-being measures and demographic data. Results and conclusion: Overall, the WHOQOL-OLD demonstrated good performance on tests of reliability and validity and had features that made it a more suitable outcome measure of QOL in older people compared with the frequently used measure, the SF-12.
Keyword measurement scales
older age
quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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