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ERIC Number: EJ836227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
The Development of a Health Status Measure for Self-Report by People with Intellectual Disabilities
Ruddick, Loraine; Oliver, Chris
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v18 n2 p143-150 Jun 2005
Background: Health status is an important domain of quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities. This paper describes the development of a self-report health status measure for use with people with intellectual disabilities living in staffed community-based accommodation, and reports preliminary reliability data for the schedule. Method: Question and response items were adapted from a well-established measure (SF-36) used in the general population incorporating subscales such as General Health, Physical Functioning, Bodily Pain, Vitality, Mental Health, and Sensory Functioning. A variety of closed and open response formats were used based on the growing literature examining methods for interviewing people with intellectual disabilities. Results: Internal reliability and response consistency were investigated. Reliability for Physical Functioning, General Health and Bodily Pain was reasonable, but was unsatisfactory for Sensory Functioning, and Mental Health. Conclusions: The findings are discussed in light of the challenge of eliciting reliable responses from people with intellectual disabilities. Question methodologies can be built upon in further research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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