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Methodological approaches for assessing response shift in longitudinal health-related quality-of-life research

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  • Schwartz, Carolyn E.
  • Sprangers, Mirjam A. G.
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    The impact of health state changes on an individual's quality of life (QOL) has gained increased attention in social and medical clinical research. An emerging construct of relevance to this line of investigation is response shift phenomenon. This construct refers to the changes in internal standards, in values, or in the conceptualization of QOL which are catalyzed by health state changes. In an effort to stimulate research on response shift, we present methodological considerations and promising assessment approaches for measuring it in observational and interventional clinical research. We describe and evaluate individualized methods, preference-based methods, successive comparison methods, design approaches, statistical approaches and qualitative approaches. The hierarchical structure of the construct is also discussed, with particular emphasis on how it might be elucidated by empirical assessment which uses the proposed methods and approaches. It is also recommended that criterion measures of change be included in future studies of response shift.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 48 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 11 (June)
    Pages: 1531-1548

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:48:y:1999:i:11:p:1531-1548

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    Keywords: Response shift Methods Assessment Self-report Change Quality of life;

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    2. Solava Ibrahim, 2011. "Poverty, aspirations and wellbeing: afraid to aspire and unable to reach a better life – voices from Egypt," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 14111, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
    3. Marcus Klemm, 2011. "You Don't Know What You've Got till It's Gone!: Unemployment and Intertemporal Changes in Self-Reported Life Satisfaction," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 421, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
    4. Carolyn Schwartz & Penelope Keyl & John Marcum & Rita Bode, 2009. "Helping Others Shows Differential Benefits on Health and Well-being for Male and Female Teens," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 431-448, August.
    5. Brazier, J, 2005. "Current state of the art in preference-based measures of health and avenues for further research," MPRA Paper 29762, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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