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Stroke and Aphasia Quality of Life-39 (SAQOL-39)
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NeuroRehab Supplemental - Highly Recommended
Recommendations for Use: Indicated for studies requiring a measure of communication. Recommended for Stroke.
Supplemental-Highly Recommended: Stroke
Short Description of Instrument
Derived from the Stroke Specific Quality of Life Scale (SS-QOL) in 2003, the SAQOL-39 is the short form of the SAQOL (53 items), which is itself an adaptation of the SS-QOL (Stroke-specific Quality of life scale).
Comments/Special Instructions
Scoring and Psychometric Properties
Scoring: The SAQOL-39 has 2 response formats, both based on a 5-point scale: 1=could not do it at all to 5=no trouble at all and 1=definitely yes to 5=definitely no
Overall and subdomain scores can range from 1 to 5; the overall SAQOL-39 score is calculated by summing across the items and dividing by the number of items; subdomain scores are calculated the same way.
Psychometric Properties: The SAQOL-39 is an acceptable, reliable, and valid measure of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in people with long-term aphasia.
Hilari K, Byng S, Lamping DL, Smith, SC. Stroke and Aphasia Quality of Life Scale-39 (SAQOL-39): Evaluation of Acceptability, Reliability, and Validity. Stroke. 2003;34: 1944-1950.
Hilari K, Lamping DL, Smith SC, Northcott S, Lamb A, Marshall J. Psychometric properties of the Stroke and Aphasia Quality of Life Scale (SAQOL-39) in a generic stroke population. Clinical Rehabilitation. 2009; 23(6):554-557.


Document last updated January 2022