Measuring Subjective Quality of Life Following Spinal Cord Injury: A Validation Study of the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition AssessmentBy Scherer, Marcia J.; Cushman, Laura A.; Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 23, No. 9, pp. 387-393
Publication Date: June 2001
Study conducted to assess the validity of a subset of items of the Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment (ATD PA) as a quality of life (QOL) measure for people with new spinal cord injuries. Twenty people participated in the study while undergoing rehabilitation in a general hospital. The participant group consisted of ten men and ten women. The participants completed the ATD PA QOL subset, the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), and the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) during acute rehabilitation. Significant positive correlations between the ATD PA's QOL subset and SWLS were found, while the QOL subset was found to have concurrent and construct validity. The authors conclude that the ATD PA's QOL subset appears to be a valid measure and that it can be useful both in identifying subjective quality of life and predispositions to AT use early in rehabilitation. Implications for future research are discussed.
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