The Stroke Specific Quality of Life Scale (SS-QOL) is an instrument designed to measure the quality of life (QoL) of stroke populations and is intended to identify common areas that affect health-related QoL (HRQoL). The assessment is composed of 49 items within 12 domains that include such items as energy, family roles, mobility, and self-care. The scale is administered either as a self-report or by proxy where during assessment the person answers questions relating to each of the 12 domains. For example, a question relating to energy would be, “Do you feel tired all of the time?” while an item relating to family roles would be, “I felt I was a burden to my family.” Each of the 49 items are then ranked along 1 of 3 possible 5-point Likert scales The first relates to the amount of help needed ranked as either (1) total help, (2) a lot of help, (3) some help, (4) a little help, or (5) no help at all. Another scale relates to one’s ability to engage in the activity. Lastly is a response giving the level of agreement with a particular statement. The SS-QOL has a score range of 49 to 245 with higher scores indicating a better HRQoL (Teixeira-Salmela, Neto, Magalhaes, Lima, & Faria, 2009) A shorter 8-domain version is also available and is considered a combination of 4 original domains: mobility, upper-extremity function, self-care, and work/productivity as well as 4 new domains slightly different than the original (energy, language, mood, and social roles) (Hsueh, Jeng, Lee, Sheu, & Hsieh, 2011). A 12-item version exists as well that takes one question from each of the original assessment’s 12 domains. The original SS-QoL can be completed in 10 minutes.
2. Family roles
8. Social roles
10. Upper extremity functioning
12. Work and productivity
Adapted from Williams, L., Weinberger, M., Harris, L., Clark, D., & Biller, J. (1999). Development of a stroke-specific quality of life scale. Stroke, 30(7), 1364.