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Tools for surveying and improving the quality of life: people with special needs in focus


Hoyningen-Süess, Ursula; Oberholzer, David; Stalder, René; Brügger, Urs (2012). Tools for surveying and improving the quality of life: people with special needs in focus. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 25(7):592-603.

Abstract

Purpose – This article seeks to describe online tools for surveying and improving quality of life for people with disabilities living in assisted living centers and special education service organizations.

Design/methodology/approach – Ensuring a decent quality of life for disabled people is an important welfare state goal. Using well-accepted quality of life conceptions, online diagnostic and planning tools were developed during an Institute for Education, University of Zurich, research project.

Findings – The diagnostic tools measure, evaluate and analyze disabled people's quality of life. The planning tools identify factors that can affect their quality of life and suggest improvements.

Research limitations/implications – Instrument validity and reliability are not tested according to the standard statistical procedures. This will be done at a more advanced stage of the project. Instead, the tool is developed, refined and adjusted in cooperation with practitioners who are constantly judging it according to best practice standards.

Practical implications – The tools support staff in assisted living centers and special education service organizations.

Originality/value – These tools offer comprehensive resources for surveying, quantifying, evaluating, describing and simulating quality of life elements.

Abstract

Purpose – This article seeks to describe online tools for surveying and improving quality of life for people with disabilities living in assisted living centers and special education service organizations.

Design/methodology/approach – Ensuring a decent quality of life for disabled people is an important welfare state goal. Using well-accepted quality of life conceptions, online diagnostic and planning tools were developed during an Institute for Education, University of Zurich, research project.

Findings – The diagnostic tools measure, evaluate and analyze disabled people's quality of life. The planning tools identify factors that can affect their quality of life and suggest improvements.

Research limitations/implications – Instrument validity and reliability are not tested according to the standard statistical procedures. This will be done at a more advanced stage of the project. Instead, the tool is developed, refined and adjusted in cooperation with practitioners who are constantly judging it according to best practice standards.

Practical implications – The tools support staff in assisted living centers and special education service organizations.

Originality/value – These tools offer comprehensive resources for surveying, quantifying, evaluating, describing and simulating quality of life elements.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:25 Jan 2013 08:06
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:24
Publisher:Emerald
ISSN:0952-6862
Official URL:http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0952-6862&volume=25&issue=7&articleid=17050877&show=abstract
Related URLs:http://www.emeraldinsight.com (Publisher)

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