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Quality of Life Index (QLI) - SCI Version
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Exploratory: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
QLI-SCI is reasonable to use but limited study in target group currently. This outcome measure has good or excellent psychometric properties and clinical utility in a related population, but not been used with SCI to support higher recommendation.
Short Description of Instrument
37 items (QLI-SCI)
Each item is rated on a scale of 1 (least satisfied/important) to 6 (most satisfied/important)
5 scores of 0-30 (0 = less satisfied, 30 = most satisfied) are calculated:

    1.  Total Quality of Life score
    2.  Health and Functioning Subscale
    3.  Social and Economic Subscale
    4.  Psychological/Spiritual Subscale
    5.  Family Subscale

QLI-SCI may be administered by interview or by self-report.
Calculation of score weights satisfaction scores according to level of importance assigned to each item
Administration and scoring instructions can be found at: Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index Questionnaires and Scoring Link
It has been noted by the SCI-EDGE task forces comments that the scoring of the instrument is complicated without the use of a computerized scoring system. Computer syntax needed for scoring the QLI-SCI automatically with SPSS-PC is available at the author's website at: Computer Syntax for Scoring the Quality of Life Index-SCI Version
Ferrans CE, Powers MJ. Quality of life index: development and psychometric properties. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 1985;8(1):15-24.
May LA, Warren S. Measuring quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury: substantive and structural validation. Qual Life Res. 2001;10(6):503-515.
May LA, Warren S. Measuring quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury: external and structural validity. Spinal Cord. 2002;40(7):341-350.


Document last updated April 2020