J Korean Acad Rehabil Med.  2002 Oct;26(5):615-625.

Quality of Life and Life Satisfaction of the Registered Disabled Persons in Uiwang City

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ajou University School of Medicine, Korea. i-agada@hanmail.net
  • 2Public Health Center of Uiwang City, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVE
The purposes of this study were to investigate the factors influencing life satisfaction and quality of life (QOL) of the disabled persons and to help the planning and evaluation of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). METHOD: Data were collected through personal interviews of 503 registrated disabled persons in Uiwang City. Demographic variables and scores of modified Barthel index (MBI), modified Lambeth disability screening questionnaire (MLDSQ), Craig handicap assessment and reporting technique (CHART) and life domain satisfaction measure (LDSM) were obtained.
RESULTS
The score of LDSM was 4.0+/-1.0. Life satisfaction was related to the age, sex, employment status, severity of disability, educational level, housing and residence, level of instrumental activities of daily living and social integration. MLDSQ score was the most strong predictor of life satisfaction (p=0.00) followed by social integration (p=0.001) and total CHART scores (p=0.017). And the factors influencing the handicap were monthly income, severity of disability, employment, level of education and age.
CONCLUSION
Based on our study, we suggest that the CBR program of Uiwang City need to focus on improving functional ability and social skill of disabled individual and housing, and also promoting their vocational and educational status.

Keyword

Life satisfaction; Quality of life; Disability; Handicap; Community based rehabilitation

MeSH Terms

Activities of Daily Living
Disabled Persons*
Education
Educational Status
Employment
Gyeonggi-do*
Housing
Humans
Mass Screening
Quality of Life*
Surveys and Questionnaires
Rehabilitation
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