Quality of life and stress in wheelchair-users

Connor, Jason and Furlong, M. (2009). Quality of life and stress in wheelchair-users. In Victor R. Preedy and Ronald R. Watson (Ed.), Handbook of disease burdens and quality of life measures (pp. 4088-4101) New York , USA: Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-78665-0

Author Connor, Jason
Furlong, M.
Title of chapter Quality of life and stress in wheelchair-users
Title of book Handbook of disease burdens and quality of life measures
Place of Publication New York , USA
Publisher Springer New York
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-78665-0
Year available 2009
ISBN 978-0-387-78665-0
Editor Victor R. Preedy
Ronald R. Watson
Volume number 6
Chapter number 238
Start page 4088
End page 4101
Total pages 14
Total chapters 240
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subjects B1
111703 Care for Disabled
920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
Abstract/Summary Many diseases and injuries result in the need for either temporary or permanent wheelchair use and research now confirms that multiple dimensions of life are affected when significant disability occurs. These dimensions typically include increases in health concerns and health care burden; loss of >functional independence; reduced participation in social, occupational and recreational opportunities; and subsequent association with psychosocial sequelae. This chapter summarizes current literature on Quality of Life (QoL) in wheelchair-users. The review highlights that a wide range of generic QoL, health-related QoL and disability-specific QoL instruments are used across studies with largely inconsistent findings. There is now a growing movement towards the development of valid and reliable measures for use with people with a range of disabilities. Given the observed challenges of measuring the broad QoL construct in populations of wheelchair-users, more specific aspects of QoL such as levels of stress are now being investigated. It is proposed that these more specific QoL domains may be more accessible to measurement and to therapeutic interventions aiming to improve adjustment to disability. The development of the >Physical Disability Stress Scale (PDSS) is described with recommendations for future clinical and research application. A copy of the PDSS and its scoring instructions are appended.
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