Assessing Quality of Life Across the Dementia Continuum: Two New Observational Tools for Researchers and Practitioners

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Researchers and practitioners require reliable and valid methods for measuring the quality of life (QOL) of people with dementia to assess the impact of interventions, identify activities that are most engaging and pleasurable, and improve dementia care practice. Practitioners require methods that are both useful and “usable.” This article describes the development and testing of 2 related tools—Observing QOL in Dementia (OQOLD) and Observing QOL for Dementia Advanced (OQOLDA)—that can meet the needs of both researchers and practitioners across the spectrum of dementia in different care settings.

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