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The aim of this study was to examine the validity and reliability of the Norwegian WHOQOL-OLD six-facet, 24-item module designed for assessing generic quality of life cross-culturally among the elderly. Using quota-stratified sampling defined on the basis of sex, age and geographical representation, 401 respondents were drawn from Statistics Norway and(More)
The aim of this study was to examine the validity and reliability of the Polish WHOQOL - Bref in a sample of 908 respondents. The Bref is a generic quality of life (QoL) instrument designed for cross - cultural use. Correlational and multivariate analyses confirmed the relevancy of individual items and domains supporting the construct validity of the scale.(More)
PURPOSE To describe the relative importance of 38 facets of quality of life (QOL) to older adults in 22 countries, by gender, age group, and health status. METHODS A secondary analysis of data was conducted from the WHOQOL-Old pilot study. Questionnaires were distributed by mail or in person. Independent t-tests for differences between means were(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence of psychological distress in hospitalized patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and to examine possible associations between psychological distress and several sociodemographic variables. METHODS The Hopkins Symptom Checklist was used to gather data from 92 hospitalized COPD patients. These(More)
BACKGROUND there is limited research examining the relative importance of aspects of quality of life (QOL) to older adults across cultures. OBJECTIVE to examine the relative importance of 31 internationally agreed areas of QOL to older adults in 22 countries in relation to health status, age and level of economic development. DESIGN a survey quota(More)
The increasing numbers of older people and higher expectations of a "good life" within societies, has lead to international interest in the enhancement of quality of life (QoL) among older adults. Understanding whether the same aspects of life are equally important to the life quality of subgroups of older people is important in helping health professionals(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have emphasized the importance of coping in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In other medical conditions, inadequate coping is associated with higher levels of psychological distress. Therefore, the types of coping strategies that patients use may also influence the distress that accompanies an acute(More)
The purpose of this paper was to describe quality of life (QoL) following an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and to examine possible relationships between QoL, health status, psychological distress and QoL. This prospective longitudinal study examined data from hospitalization and two subsequent phases, collected over a(More)
The quality of life of cancer relatives should influence the justification, selection, and modification of nursing interventions in the cancer patient-family dyad. To justify these interventions, relevant, valid, and reliable quality of life assessments are needed. The purpose of this study was to examine the relevancy, validity, and reliability of the(More)