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A short measure of quality of life in older age: the performance of the brief Older People's Quality of Life questionnaire (OPQOL-brief)

Bowling, Ann, Hankins, Matthew, Windle, Gill, Bilotta, Claudio and Grant, Robert (2013) A short measure of quality of life in older age: the performance of the brief Older People's Quality of Life questionnaire (OPQOL-brief) Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 56, (1), pp. 181-187. (doi:10.1016/j.archger.2012.08.012). (PMID:22999305).

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Abstract

Promoting quality of life in older age is an internationally recognized priority, requiring valid measurement. We present a short version of the established Older People's Quality of Life questionnaire (OPQOL-brief). The full OPQOL-35 was original in being developed from the perspectives of older people, assessed conceptually, and validated with a population sample using gold-standard psychometric assessment. The OPQOL-brief was also developed by asking older people to prioritize the most important items from the OPQOL-35, next assessed psychometrically with a population sample, and also statistically against the discarded 22 items. The aim was to assess the psychometric properties of the short, 13-item version of the OPQOL (OPQOL-brief), and to compare the performance of included and discarded items. The method was a national population survey of people aged 65+ living at home. The measures were OPQOL-brief, WHOQOL-QOL and CASP-19. The OPQOL-brief was found to be a highly reliable and valid, short measure of quality of life in older age. The OPQOL-brief is of value in assessment of interventions where a rigorously tested, short measure is required. The grounded development of the instrument is consistent with international policy emphasis on user involvement in shaping policy and research

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e-pub ahead of print date: 19 September 2012
Published date: January 2013
Keywords: quality of life, measurement, aging
Organisations: Faculty of Health Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 343736
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343736
ISSN: 0167-4943
PURE UUID: bb1716a5-ab78-424c-a54c-6d73485a1626

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Date deposited: 10 Oct 2012 15:14
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:21

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Author: Ann Bowling
Author: Matthew Hankins
Author: Gill Windle
Author: Claudio Bilotta
Author: Robert Grant

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