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Quality of life instruments for caregivers of patients with cancer - A review of their psychometric properties

Authors:
Edwards, B. and Ung, L.
Abstract:
The quality of life of caregivers of patients with cancer is an important construct given the substantial impact of caring on the physical, psychological, social, and financial well-being of caregivers. Moreover, caring for patients with cancer also affects family functioning and places burdens on caregivers. The reliability and validity of instruments used to assess the quality of life of caregivers of patients with cancer were reviewed to aid in the selection of the most appropriate measures for research and practice. MEDLINE (1980-2000) and CINAHL (1982-2000) searches located relevant quality of life instruments using the keywords "cancer and quality of life" and "caregiver or spouse or partner." The search identified the following instruments: the Caregiver Quality of Life Index-Cancer Scale, the Caregiver Quality of Life Index, the Quality of Life Tool, and the Quality of Life Index-Cancer Version. Quality of life instruments developed specifically to measure the quality of life of caregivers of patients with cancer had the best psychometric properties. The Caregiver Quality of Life Index-Cancer Scale, in particular, met or exceeded minimum psychometric criteria for reliability and validity. The development of reliable and valid caregiver quality of life measures is an important factor in developing interventions to enhance quality of life of caregivers of patients with cancer.
DOI:
Doi 10.1097/00002820-200210000-00002
URL:
<Go to ISI>://WOS:000179244600002
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12394561
Journal:
Cancer Nursing
issn:
0162-220x
Publication year:
2002
pages:
342-349
General health perceptions / HRQoL:
Self-rated health
Overall quality of life:
Overall quality of life
Age:
Adults (18-65)
Disease:
Neoplasms and related symptoms
PRO / non-PRO:
Non-patient Reported Outcome
Type of measurement instrument:
1 - Questionnaires
2 - Interviews
6 - Clinical rating scales
Instrument:
CQLI - Caregiver Quality of Life Index
CQoLC - Caregiver Quality of Life Index–Cancer
QLI-CV - Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index–Cancer Version
QOLT - Quality of Life Tool