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Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

, 9:109

First Online: 05 December 2011Received: 23 June 2011Accepted: 05 December 2011

Abstract

BackgroundThe current international interest in well-being indicators among governmental agencies means that many quality of life scales are potential components of such national indicator sets. Measuring well-being in minority groups is complex and challenging. Scales are available that have been validated in specific parts of the population, such as older people. However, validation among combinations of minority groups, such as older adults of ethnic minority backgrounds, is lacking.

FindingsWe pooled data from two surveys of older adults in Great Britain: one conducted among White British people, and one among four ethnic minority groups. Quality of life was measured by the Older People-s Quality of Life OPQOL; Control, Autonomy, Self-realisation, Pleasure CASP-19; and World Health Organization Quality of Life scale for older people WHOQOL-OLD. We found differences, some significant, between groups in terms of self-reported importance of various aspects of quality of life. A regression model of each total quality of life scale revealed greater unexplained variability in the White British group than the others. Principal components analysis within each ethnic group-s data showed considerable differences in the correlation structures.

ConclusionsThere are differences between ethnic groups that are consistent across the three scales and are not explained by a battery of predictor variables. If scales such as these are used to compare quality of life between ethnic groups, or equivalently between geographical regions, the different results in each group are liable to bias any comparison which could lead to inequitable policy decisions.

KeywordsOlder people ethnicity quality of life socio-economic status well-being List of abbreviationsCASP-19Control, Autonomy, Satisfaction, Pleasure scale

OPQOLOlder People-s Quality of Life scale

QOLquality of life

WHOQOL-OLDWorld Health Organization Quality of Life scale for older people.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1477-7525-9-109 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Robert L Grant - Ann Bowling

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