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Peterson, Kimberly (2017) DEVELOPING A QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY IN A TRAUMA-AFFECTED COMMUNITY. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This research project was conducted as part of a larger project called imHealthy: A Comprehensive Health Status Evaluation System developed by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Health Information Management department and FOCUS Pittsburgh. ImHealthy will develop an integrated system consisting of an electronic health record to collect and manage patients’ information; a comprehensive health status evaluation system; a quality of life survey available via mobile apps to collect data relevant to the patient; and sophisticated data analysis programs to integrate and analyze collected data to generate personalized interventions for the individual.
The imHealthy system is being initiated at FOCUS Pittsburgh Free Health Center (FPFHC), a free health care clinic in the Hill District of Pittsburgh providing medical and behavioral health care services to its residents. FPFHC has a goal of reducing community trauma within the Hill District by identifying and addressing quality of life deficiencies existing because of a trauma-related disconnect within the individual of the Hill District community.
This dissertation focused on the development of a survey called the Well-being, Relational, Stability, Competency Index (WRSC-I) developed to measure the quality of life constructs in five domains: physical, behavioral, relational, spiritual and socioeconomic. The final survey contains 101 items dispersed within the five domains. A total of 60 items (60%) came from 17 quality of life surveys exhibiting psychometric evidence. The remaining 41 items (41%) were developed by the content experts in the study.
A pilot study using psychometric quantitative methods was conducted on a sample of people living in the Pittsburgh Hill’s district. Additionally, descriptive statistics were performed on several subdomains of the WRSC-I.
Results of this study show that the WRSC-I survey exhibits psychometric qualities and can be used to measure quality of life constructs.
The survey is one tool within the imHealthy project that will be used within the Hill District of Pittsburgh to help individuals measure well-being, trauma, and resilience and begin to restore and promote healthy lives and relationships.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Peterson, Kimberlykap141@pitt.edukap141
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWatzlaf, Valerievalgeo@pitt.eduvakgeo
Committee MemberZhou, Lemingleming.zhou@pitt.eduleming.zhou
Committee MemberTerhorst, Laurenlat15@pitt.edulat15
Committee MemberWalsh,
Committee MemberAbernathy,
Date: 5 June 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 22 March 2107
Approval Date: 5 June 2017
Submission Date: 27 April 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 212
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Health Information Management
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: survey, quality of life, trauma-affected community, scale
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 17:19
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 17:19


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