What is the SAQOL-39g?
The SAQOL-39 is a health related quality of life measure. It is an adapted version of the Stroke-Specific Quality of life scale (SS-QOL, Williams et al., 1999).
It is a self-report measure for people with stroke and aphasia, typically administered with the help of an interviewer.
Who is the SAQOL-39g suitable for?
The SAQOL-39g is applicable to people who have experienced a stroke, including people with aphasia. It can be used with people with any severity of expressive aphasia. For people with receptive aphasia, we have established that those with a score of ≥ 7/15 on the receptive domains of the FAST (Enderby et al., 1987) (moderate or mild receptive aphasia) are able to self-report reliably on the SAQOL-39 (Hilari et al., 2001; 2003).
Who can administer the SAQOL-39g?
It has been designed to be administered by researchers or clinicians who have experience of working with people who have had a stroke. It is intended to be interviewer administered with people with aphasia. This way people with receptive aphasia can benefit from a multi-modal presentation, i.e., they can both read and listen to the questions. People with expressive aphasia can just point to their responses.