Quality of life: A universal or a disability specific concept?

Asnat Bar Haim Erez, Eynat Gal

פרסום מחקרי: פרסום בכתב עתמאמרביקורת עמיתים


Background.: Quality of life (QoL) is an important outcome of occupational therapy practice. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts the individual throughout their lifespan and may substantially affect QoL. Measuring QoL of people with ASD presents a challenge and a debate whether to use general versus disability-specific adapted measures. Purpose.: This paper aims to (a) revisit the construct of QoL and discuss specific dilemmas pertaining to its measurement, and (b) discuss implications to the assessment of QoL in individuals with ASD while highlighting the potential contribution of occupational therapy to the development of measures. Key Issues.: We suggest adding the domain of accessibility into QoL assessments, including, physical, sensory, social, and cognitive aspects, and to use disability-specific QoL measures. Implications.: The paper presents a call for occupational therapists to be involved in developing specific ASD disability-oriented measures that consider the unique characteristics of the disorder and environmental supports.

שפה מקוריתאנגלית אמריקאית
עמודים (מ-עד)4-11
מספר עמודים8
כתב עתCanadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
מספר גיליון1
מזהי עצם דיגיטלי (DOIs)
סטטוס פרסוםפורסם - 1 פבר׳ 2020

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