How can we best assess the quality of life of people with dementia? The Bath Assessment of Subjective Quality of Life in Dementia (BASQID)

Trigg, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-6059-7097, Skevington, S.M. and Jones, R.W., 2007. How can we best assess the quality of life of people with dementia? The Bath Assessment of Subjective Quality of Life in Dementia (BASQID). The Gerontologist, 47 (6), pp. 789-797. ISSN 0016-9013

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Abstract

Purpose of the Study - The study aim was to develop a measure of self-reported QoL for people with mild to moderate dementia based on their views - the Bath Assessment of Subjective Quality of Life in Dementia (BASQID). Design and Methods - The measure was developed through multiple stages. Two field tests of the measure (n=60 & n=150) enrolled people with dementia from a memory clinic and the data were used to analyse the psychometric properties of the scale. Nested within this was a longitudinal investigation of 36 Alzheimer’s disease patients prescribed with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. Results - The BASQID contains 14 items assessing a range of QoL issues. Results show that the BASQID satisfies the criteria of a valid, reliable, and acceptable assessment of subjective QoL. Scores were responsive to changes in QoL, over 3-months. Low association between the BASQID and Mini Mental State Examination indicates that cognitive function may influence QoL, but is an indirect measure of the QoL experienced during dementia. Implications – The BASQID provides a means of better understanding the experiences, perceptions, and beliefs of people with dementia. It does this through acknowledgement of the many influences on QoL, over and above health status. The BASQID can be used alongside objective assessments of dementia to provide a complete appraisal of a person’s QoL.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The Gerontologist following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [full citation above] is available online at: http://gerontologist.gerontologyjournals.org/cgi/content/full/47/6/789.
Publication Title: The Gerontologist
Creators: Trigg, R., Skevington, S.M. and Jones, R.W.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 2007
Volume: 47
Number: 6
ISSN: 0016-9013
Rights: Copyright 2007 by The Gerontological Society of America
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:56
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:45
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20322

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