Inside Our Research on Quality of Life
Quality of life is an important construct in the disability field, especially to examine and demonstrate the effectiveness of programs and services. Organizations can utilize the quality of life measures to improve their service provision, and direct person-centered planning. Aggregate data analysis can also inform about the impact of support on quality of life, as well as best-practices more broadly.
What is Quality of Life and Why is it Important?
Originally disability quality of life measures examined the “burden” of disabilities; these measures were used in medical contexts. However, understandings of quality of life have since shifted to be more inclusive and multidimensional, recognizing the importance of empowerment, relationships, self-determination, rights, and many others. Modern quality of life measures should examine both personal outcomes and support needs.
Personal Outcome Measures®
The Personal Outcome Measures® is a person-centered quality of life assessment tool. This multifaced and comprehensive measure examines not only personal outcomes, but also the key role organizational support can play in improving individual outcomes. Since its development in the 1990s, the Personal Outcome Measures® has been administered to tens of thousands of people with disabilities and older adults around the world.
Organizations can utilize the Personal Outcome Measures® to facilitate the quality of life of the people they support, and to improve their service provision. In addition, at CQL we utilize Personal Outcome Measures® data to conduct analyses about quality of life of people with disabilities, including evidence best practices and quality improvement.
Quality of Life Research Examples
- Health and safety
- Choices and goals
- and many others!
Personal Outcome Measures® Manual for Adults
Inside the Personal Outcome Measures® manual:
- View descriptions about the POM factors and indicators
- Receive guidance about the entire process
- Learn how to gather information and make decisions
- Discover techniques for interviewing and measurement