Measuring wellbeing among the elderly
David Churchman
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Measuring wellbeing among the elderly

One of the highlights of the health outcomes calendar, ISPOR USA, is being staged in Boston next month and we’re honoured to have been selected to present at this prestigious conference.

Our Founder and Managing Director, Dr David Churchman, will be presenting research which is based on a generic outcome measure (the Oxford Participation and Activities Questionnaire, or Ox-PAQ) applied to a section of the elderly community of Sweden.

Professor Crispin Jenkinson, our Lead Associate Consultant at InSpired Health Outcomes and a lead author of the Ox-PAQ, worked closely with the Swedish charity Äldrekontakt, which aims to help combat loneliness and isolation among elderly people.

Our poster presentation is titled ‘Oxford Participation and Activities Questionnaire (OX-PAQ): Tests of Data Quality, Score Reliability, Response Rate and Scaling Assumptions in People Aged 75 or over in Sweden’. The questionnaire was developed at the University of Oxford, and licensed and managed by the Clinical Outcomes team at Oxford University Innovation.

The Ox-PAQ was used to measure routine activities, social engagement and emotional wellbeing among over 75s and was found to be a meaningful, useful tool for use as a measure among this section of the population. Evidence suggests the OX-PAQ questionnaire has real-world applications, not just among elderly people, but other age groups and in other countries, which gives it huge value.

The longer term objective of using the Ox-PAQ in this context will be to demonstrate the importance of regular social contact for elderly people in improving their quality of life and wellbeing, and the Ox-PAQ enables the impact of such interventions to be measured.

David will be presenting the OX-PAQ poster at 5.45pm on Monday May 8, during the 3.15-6.45pm Poster Session - Poster code PCR60. ISPOR runs from May 7-10.

To talk to David and the InSpired Health Outcomes team about Clinical Outcome Assessments, please get in touch.
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