Assessment of quality of life and participation within an outpatient rehabilitation setting

Our study demonstrated a strong relationship between quality of life and participation, with change shown using both scales over a period of outpatient rehabilitation

Suzanne J. Ackerley; Heather J. Gordon; Alison F. Elston; Lorna M. Crawford; Kathryn M. McPherson

2009

Scholarcy highlights

  • To evaluate the use of quality of life and participation measures in routine rehabilitation practice, determine the relationship between two scales and investigate their ability to evaluate change in a general outpatient population over a time of rehabilitation
  • This cohort study consisted of 55 patients admitted consecutively to an outpatient rehabilitation centre
  • Non-parametric statistical analysis demonstrated a significant change in the total scores of both the WHOQOL-BREF and London Handicap Scale over time with ‘better’ scores on completion of rehabilitation
  • A strong correlation existed between the total WHOQOL-BREF and LHS scores both cross-sectionally, and longitudinally
  • Our study demonstrated a strong relationship between quality of life and participation, with change shown using both scales over a period of outpatient rehabilitation
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