Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 41–51 | Cite as

Measuring Health-Related Quality of Life After Stroke: A Brief Tool

  • Mary Russell
  • Martin Dempster
  • Michael Donnelly


Routine assessment of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) can be time consuming and burdensome for a person with stroke. Therefore the aim of this study was to develop and test a brief instrument for assessing HRQoL among people with stroke. The Quality of Life after Stroke Scale (QLASS) was constructed from items within the Quality of Life Index-Stroke Version and the Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire. It was administered to 92 people with stroke at three points in time: immediately after discharge from hospital, 6 months and 12 months later. Results suggest that the QLASS has 19 items which represent three factors: emotional functioning, mastery and fatigue which correlate with valid measures of health status and activities of daily living. The QLASS is proposed as a brief, valid HRQoL tool for use among people with stroke.


Quality of life Stroke Questionnaire validity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Russell
    • 1
  • Martin Dempster
    • 2
  • Michael Donnelly
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical SciencesQueen’s University BelfastBelfastIreland
  2. 2.School of PsychologyQueen’s University BelfastBelfastIreland

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