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New tool developed to help assess carers' quality of life

Dr Deborah de Oliveira, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham, has published a unique scale to measure the subjective quality of life of older family carers of people living with dementia.


The scale is called the Dementia Quality of Life Scale for Older Family Carers (DQoL-OC©). The DQoL-OC© has 22 items, is an age and dementia-specific, multi-dimensional and psychometrically sound tool to measure the impact of caregiving on a wide range of life aspects.

The tool can be used by researchers and health professionals to understand the impact of caregiving on the older family carers’ quality of life.

The DQoL-OC© has been published in the Journal of Aging and Mental Health. For more information, please access the DQoL-OC© webpage or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..