Relationship between objective and subjective quality of life measures
Arguments exist on the agreement between objective and subjective Qol construct measures. This study determined the relationship between the objective and subjective Qol constructs and the socio-demographic correlates of Qol.
Data was collected using the fifth edition of the Comprehensive Qol (Adult) questionnaire from 10 tertiary health institutions located in 8 cities in Nigeria. The study involved 191 (71 patients and 120 apparently healthy) participants. Data was analyzed using Spearman's Correlation Coefficient, Kruskal-Wallis, Mann-Whitney-U test and McNemar's test.
Participants were aged 59.9±11.5 with objective and subjective Qol scores of 71.2±9.2 and 49.2±12.1. There was no significant correlation between objective and subjective Qol scores (p>0.05). None of age, gender, occupational status, marital status or educational attainment had any significant effect (p>0.05) on Qol.
It was concluded that no significant relationship exists between subjective and objective Qol measures. Therefore, each axis should be considered to reflect the true state of individual Qol.
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