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Defining quality of life for Chinese elderly stroke survivors

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posted on 01.01.2003, 00:00 authored by Anna Lau, K McKenna, C Chan, Robert CumminsRobert Cummins
Purpose: This study aimed to identify the constituents and conceptual characteristics of the quality of life (QOL) of Chinese elderly stroke survivors, living in the community in Hong Kong.

Method: A triangulated approach was used to identify the QOL components for this population. This process involved a comparison of QOL components gathered from three different methods, namely, focus group interviews, review of the literature and the contents of the generic Hong Kong Chinese version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale (CWHOQOL-HK). Five health professionals were involved in the comparison process. A percentage of inter-judge agreement was used to determine the reliability of the comparisons made between the judges.

Results: This study identified 36 components considered to contribute to the QOL of Chinese elderly stroke survivors in Hong Kong. The conceptual characteristics of their QOL generally concurred with those identified in the literature.

Conclusion: Both similarities and differences were found in the QOL components identified in this study when compared to those identified in studies of Western populations who are elderly and had a stroke. The contents of the CWHOQOL-HK scale were found to lack adequacy in representing the QOL of Chinese elderly stroke survivors in Hong Kong. Recommendations are given, based on the findings of this study, to overcome this limitation for its application as a QOL measure for this population.

History

Journal

Disability and rehabilitation

Volume

25

Issue

13

Pagination

699 - 711

Publisher

Informa Healthcare

Location

London, England

ISSN

0963-8288

eISSN

1464-5165

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Taylor & Francis Ltd