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Quality of Life Index (QLI) - SCI Version
Please visit this link for direct access to the instrument: Quality of Life Index SCI Version Instrument Link
    Additional information on this measure can be found:
    The Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association’s StrokEDGE Taskforce, MSEDGE Taskforce, SCI EDGE Taskforce, and the TBI EDGE Taskforce: Neurology Section Outcomes Recommendations
    The Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitiation Evidence: Quality of Life Index SCI Version Instrument Link
Exploratory: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
QLI-SCI is reasonable to use but limited study in target group at this time.  This outcome measure has good or excellent psychometric properties and clinical utility in a related population, but not been used with SCI to support higher recommendation.
Short Description of Instrument
37 items (QLI-SCI)
Each item is rated on a scale of 1 (least satisfied/important) to 6 (most satisfied/important)
5 scores of 0-30 (0 = less satisfied, 30 = most satisfied) are calculated:
    1.  Total Quality of Life score
    2.  Health and Functioning Subscale
    3.  Social and Economic Subscale
    4.  Psychological/Spiritual Subscale
    5.  Family Subscale
QLI-SCI may be administered by interview or by self-report.
Calculation of score weights satisfaction scores according to level of importance assigned to each item
Administration and scoring instructions can be found at: >Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index Questionnaires and Scoring Link
It has been noted by the SCI-EDGE task forces comments that the scoring of the instrument is complicated without the use of a computerized scoring system. Computer syntax needed for scoring the QLI-SCI automatically with SPSS-PC is available at the author’s website at: Computer Syntax for Scoring the Quality of Life Index-SCI Version
Ferrans, C. E., & Powers, M. J. (1985). Quality of life index: development and psychometric properties. [Comparative Study]. ANS. Advances in Nursing Science, 8(1), 15-24.
May, L. A.,& Warren, S. (2001). Measuring quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury: substantive and structural validation. Qual Life Res, 10(11789551), 503-515.
May, L. A.,& Warren, S. (2002). Measuring quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury: external and structural validity. Spinal Cord, 40(12080462), 341-350.
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