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The management of subjective quality of life by short-stay hospital patients: an exploratory study

Mellor, David, Cummins, Robert, Karlinski, Evelyn and Storer, Shane P. 2003, The management of subjective quality of life by short-stay hospital patients: an exploratory study, Health and quality of life outcomes, vol. 1, no. 39, pp. 1-9.

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Title The management of subjective quality of life by short-stay hospital patients: an exploratory study
Author(s) Mellor, David
Cummins, Robert
Karlinski, Evelyn
Storer, Shane P.
Journal name Health and quality of life outcomes
Volume number 1
Issue number 39
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher BioMed Central Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2003-09-08
ISSN 1477-7525
Summary Background: This study tested the homeostatic model of subjective quality of life in a group of 47 short stay patients as they progressed through the stages of hospitalization for surgery.
Method: Participants completed a questionnaire measuring subjective quality of life, positive and negative affect, self-esteem, optimism and cognitive flexibility, the day prior to admission (T1), two days post-operation (T2) and one week after discharge (T3). Neuroticism and Extroversion were measured at Time 1.
Results: All variables remained stable across the three times, apart from positive affect, which dropped significantly post-operation but returned to its previous level post discharge.
Conclusion: Although the homeostatic model of subjective quality of life was supported at Time 1, the analyses raise doubts about the stability of personality. This finding is consistent with recent discussions of personality.
Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2003 Mellor et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002210

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