Structure of health-related quality of life among people with and without functional limitations

Willi Horner-Johnson, Rie Suzuki, Gloria L. Krahn, Elena Andresen, Charles E. Drum

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Purpose The objective of this study was to assess the factor structure of nine health-related quality of life (HRQOL) survey items among people with and without disabilities or functional limitations (FL) and determine whether factor loadings were similar for the two groups. Methods Data were from US states and territories in the 2001 and 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Confirmatory factor analyses assessed fit of the data to a previously found factor structure. Results A two-factor structure was confirmed, conceptually representing physical and mental health. Although this structure fit data for both people with and without FL, factor loadings were significantly different for the two groups. In all but one instance, factor loadings were higher for people with FL than for people without FL. Conclusions Results suggest that people with and without FL conceptualize physical and mental HRQOL similarly. However, the nine items analyzed appear to be a better reflection of the latent constructs of physical and mental HRQOL in the population of people with FL than those without FL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)977-984
Number of pages8
JournalQuality of Life Research
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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Mental Health
Quality of Life
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Disabled Persons
Statistical Factor Analysis
Population
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Factor analysis
  • Functional limitation
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Questionnaires

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Structure of health-related quality of life among people with and without functional limitations. / Horner-Johnson, Willi; Suzuki, Rie; Krahn, Gloria L.; Andresen, Elena; Drum, Charles E.

In: Quality of Life Research, Vol. 19, No. 7, 09.2010, p. 977-984.

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