Dementia Quality of Life Instrument (DEMQOL), and DEMQOL-Proxy
What it measures:
The DEMQOL is a 28-item self-reported measure related to health-related quality-of-life (HRQL) in patients with dementia. The DEMQOL takes cognition, negative emotion, positive emotion, social relationships, and loneliness into consideration. The DEMQOL-Proxy is a 31-item test completed by the caretaker and focuses on cognition, negative emotion, positive emotion, daily activities, and appearance.
The DEMQOL can be completed by patients with mild to moderate dementia. Whereas the DEMQOL-Proxy is completed by a caregiver for individuals with mild, moderate, or severe dementia. In one study, an early version of the DEMQOL was used and included other inclusion criteria such as ability to communicate and understand others, no major illnesses or disabilities, and able to communicate in English (Aguirre, Kang, Hoare, Edwards, & Orrell, 2015).
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