Quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury: A review of conceptualization, measurement, and research findings

Short Title:
Quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury: A review of conceptualization, measurement, and research findings
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J49749.
Journal:
Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2005, vol. 42, issue 3, pp 87-110
Publication Website:
Abstract:
Literature review examines how quality of life (QOL) is defined and measured for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Three different conceptualizations of QOL are reviewed: (1) QOL as subjective well-being, (2) QOL as achievement, and (3) QOL as utility. Most of the commonly used QOL instruments can be assigned to a specific conceptualization. Findings indicate that regardless of the conceptualization used, people with SCI tend to report fewer feeling of well-being; score lower on physical, mental, and social health and in other domains considered important to QOL; and have a state of health that is preferred much less compared to the average person without disabilities.
Author(s):
Dijkers, Marcel P. J. M.
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