Title

A Q-methodology Study to Establish the Perceptions of Quality of Life of Individuals with Neurological Conditions

Start Time

15-10-2009 3:45 PM

End Time

15-10-2009 5:15 PM

Abstract

Quality of life is a poorly defined concept. Its subjective nature makes it difficult to understand, assess and measure. Being able to contribute to society and engage in chosen occupations are thought to contribute to quality of life. The aim of this study was to establish the perceptions of quality of life of individuals with neurological conditions. Q methodology, an approach that draws on qualitative and quantitative paradigms, seeks to identify subjective views. It was used to obtain the views of 25 participants, with a neurological condition and aged 50 years or over. Each participant sorted 37 statements indicating which statements most or least reflected their view of quality of life. Following statistical analysis three factors (viewpoints) emerged. The first factor related to independence, choice and control. The second factor focused on maintaining dignity, values and aspirations. The third factor reflects a view of actively contributing to society. These findings illustrate that engaging in occupations contributes to perceived quality of life. They will be discussed in context with occupational science and quality of life literature. This study identifies the potential use of Q methodology to explore occupational issues.

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A Q-methodology Study to Establish the Perceptions of Quality of Life of Individuals with Neurological Conditions

Quality of life is a poorly defined concept. Its subjective nature makes it difficult to understand, assess and measure. Being able to contribute to society and engage in chosen occupations are thought to contribute to quality of life. The aim of this study was to establish the perceptions of quality of life of individuals with neurological conditions. Q methodology, an approach that draws on qualitative and quantitative paradigms, seeks to identify subjective views. It was used to obtain the views of 25 participants, with a neurological condition and aged 50 years or over. Each participant sorted 37 statements indicating which statements most or least reflected their view of quality of life. Following statistical analysis three factors (viewpoints) emerged. The first factor related to independence, choice and control. The second factor focused on maintaining dignity, values and aspirations. The third factor reflects a view of actively contributing to society. These findings illustrate that engaging in occupations contributes to perceived quality of life. They will be discussed in context with occupational science and quality of life literature. This study identifies the potential use of Q methodology to explore occupational issues.