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Title Quality of life as an outcome measure in care sciences
Course number 3116
Programme Vårdvetenskap (PUF-V)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2020-01-20 -- 2020-01-30
Responsible KI department Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The course aims to give doctoral students a basic understanding of the theory behind measurement of quality of life and introduce the methods used when conducting studies with quality of life as an outcome measure. Students will get the opportunity to dig into their own research by critically reviewing the instruments they are using and to orally defend the methods they are using.
Intended learning outcomes After the course, the students should be able to critically review research papers analyzing quality of life. This includes phrasing research questions, choosing appropriate instruments, timing of assessments and procedure as well as choosing methods for analysis. Furthermore should students be able to interpret and discuss results from studies of quality of life.
Contents of the course The concept quality of life and health-related quality of life will be discussed to give insights into these concepts. Aditionally the criticism against these concepts and their measurement will be addressed.The course will further include phrasing research questions, choosing appropirate instruments, designing studies measuring quality of life (timing of assessments and procedure), choice of methods for analysis, and interpretation of results.
Teaching and learning activities Learning activities include lectures, group-seminars and assignments.
Compulsory elements Assignments and seminars are compulsory. Absence from group-seminars will be made up with essay-writing on the topics that were to be discussed during the seminar.
Examination Doctoral students are required to accomplish a number of assignments which will be presented the first day of the course. Assignments are typically prepared and worked through at home and thereafter followed up and discussed in class.
Literature and other teaching material Fayers PM, Machin D (2016). Quality of life: assessment, analysis and interpretation. Chichester, John Wiley & Son Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4443-3795-2. Selected chapters. (Course book)

Additional literature including papers will be presented at course start.
Number of students 10 - 22
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information The course will have four scheduled days at Campus Solna: 23-24 and 29-30 of January 2020. Please note that the course starts with three days of self-study.
The course evaluation link has the previous course code 1873.
Additional course leader Lars E. Eriksson
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Lena Wettergren
Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
08-52483650
Lena.Wettergren@ki.se
Contact person Lars Eriksson
Institutionen för lärande, informatik, management och etik
08 524 83831
Lars.Eriksson@ki.se