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Quality of life after stroke: Evaluation of the Greek SAQOL-39g

Efstratiadou, E. A., Chelas, E. N., Ignatiou, M. , Christaki, V., Papathanasiou, I. & Hilari, K. (2012). Quality of life after stroke: Evaluation of the Greek SAQOL-39g. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 64(4), pp. 179-186. doi: 10.1159/000340014


Background/Aims: Stroke and aphasia rehabilitation aims to improve people’s quality of life. Yet, scales for measuring health-related quality of life in stroke typically exclude people with aphasia. They are also primarily available in English. An exception is the Stroke and Aphasia Quality of Life scale (SAQOL-39g). This scale has been tested with people with aphasia; it has been adapted for use in many countries including Greece. The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Greek SAQOL-39g.

Methods: An interview-based psychometric study was carried out. Participants completed: receptive sub-tests of Frenchay Aphasia Screening Test, Greek SAQOL-39g, General Health Questionnaire-12, Frenchay Activities Index, Montreal Cognitive Assessment and Barthel Index.

Results: 86 people took part; 26 provided test-retest reliability data. The Greek SAQOL-39g demonstrated excellent acceptability (minimal missing data; no floor/ceiling effects), test-retest reliability (ICC= 0.96 scale, 0.83-0.99 domains) and internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha 0.96 scale, 0.92-0.96 domains). There was strong evidence for convergent (r=0.53-0.80 scale; 0.54-0.89 domains) and discriminant validity (r=0.52 scale; 0.04-0.48 domains).

Conclusion: The Greek SAQOL-39g is a valid and reliable scale. It is a promising measure for use in stroke and aphasia treatment prioritization, outcome measurement and service evaluation.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: PubMed ID: 23108447 © Krager
Publisher Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, Otorhinolaryngology, Rehabilitation, Health-related quality of life, Stroke, Stroke and Aphasia Quality of Life Scale, Greece, 1ST ISCHEMIC-STROKE, COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT, SCALE-39 SAQOL-39, CHRONIC APHASIA, PEOPLE, IMPACT, INSTRUMENTS, VALIDITY, VERSION, COMMUNICATION
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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