The project is a pioneer study that focuses on the development of a set of indicators for measuring the quality of life of the visually impaired elders in Hong Kong with the cooperation of Hong Kong Society for the Blind (HKSB). The study simulated the procedures for the development of WHOQoL and have developed and validated the new scale that contains a total of 43 items which grouped into 6 domains, namely, Health, Subjective Well-being, Family and Community Support, Living Condition, Finance and Interpersonal Relationship.
The study also marked the first taking of HKQoLVIES, which will serve as the benchmark for comparison of future takings that allows policy makers, service chiefs and frontline workers serving the visually impaired elders in general to closely monitor the subjective ratings of different aspects of life of visually impaired elders as a result of government and service units' provisions and services. It is hoped that the study and the adoption of the captioned scale will help to create a sensitivity that links QoL with social services and government's provision that targets people with special needs, to serve as an outcome indicator of services for improvement and to establish territory-wide visually impaired elders' quality of life index for a better society of aged people.
Consultant Team Member(s)
Principle Investigator: Alfred Chan Cheung Ming
Research Coordinator: Phoebe TANG Pui Yee
Project Assistant: LI Wing Yin
Research Committee: Research and Development Team of the Hong Kong Society for the Blind (HKSB):
Doreen Mui Siu Ping
Ken Cheung Kin Wah
Lily Cheung Lai Ming
Armstrong Chiu Tat San
Thomas Ng Po Tin
The Hong Kong Society for the Blind, & Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, Lingnan University (2009). The development of 'Hong Kong quality of life for the visually impaired elderly scale' (HKQoLVIES): Research report. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/apias_research/12/