Quality of life from the perspectives of older people

  title={Quality of life from the perspectives of older people},
  author={Zahava L Gabriel and Ann Bowling},
  journal={Ageing and Society},
  pages={675 - 691}
This paper report results from a national survey of quality of life (QoL), based on 999 people aged 65 or more years living in private households in Britain. The study produced both qualitative and quantitative interview data. The 999 survey respondents were interviewed in their own homes with a semi-structured survey instrument, and 80 were followed-up in greater depth at one and two years after the baseline interview. The material from the in-depth interviews is presented here. The main QoL… 

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