Quality of Life Profile for Adults with Physical Disabilities (QOLP-PD)

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Tool Description

  • Designed to offer a new approach to measuring QOL that is grounded in and congruent with the perspective and experience of people with disabilities.
  • Based on the Centre for Health Promotion (CHP) QOL model that views QOL as arising out of the ongoing relationship between the person and his/her environment. It is comprised of three domains:
    1) Being
    2) Belonging
    3) Becoming.

ICF Domain:

Quality of Life.

Number of Items:


Brief Instructions for Administration & Scoring


  • Can be interview-administered or self-reported.
  • The items in the 3 domains are grouped into 9 sub-scores. All items are rated on a 5-point scale for satisfaction and importance – ranging from 1 (not at all satisfied/important) to 5 (extremely satisfied/important).



  • Overall scores are made more comprehensible by subtracting 3, leading to a range of scores from negative 10 (not at all satisfied/extremely important issues) to positive 10 (extremely satisfied/extremely important issues).


MCID: not established in SCI
SEM: not established in SCI
MDC: not established in SCI

  • No normative data have been established for the SCI population
  • Published data for the SCI population are available for comparison (see the Interpretability section of the Study Details sheet).



Training Required:



Contact the author for a copy: Rebecca Renwick – r.renwick@utoronto.ca

Clinical Considerations

  • This tool is a lengthy instrument that likely takes considerable time to administer.

Measurement Property Summary

# of studies reporting psychometric properties: 1


  • Internal consistency is High for the QOLP-PD total score (Cronbach’s a=0.98) and the QOLP-PD domains: Being (Cronbach’s a=0.95), Belonging (Cronbach’s a=0.95) and Becoming (Cronbach’s a=0.97).

[Renwick et al. 2003]


  • Correlations between the adjusted QOLP-PD total score and QOLP-PD subscale are High (ranging from Pearson’s r=0.63- Physical Being to Pearson’s r=0.88 – Growth Becoming).

[Renwick et al. 2003]


No values were reported for the responsiveness of the QOLP-PD for the SCI population.

Floor/ceiling effect:

No values were reported for the presence of floor/ceiling effects in the QOLP-PD for the SCI population.


Dr. Ben Mortenson, Jeff Tan, John Zhu, Matthew Querée

Date Last Updated:

Mar 16, 2017

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Renwick R, Brown I. The Centre for Health Promotion's conceptual approach to quality of life: being, belonging, and becoming. In: Renwick R, Brown I, Nagler N (ed). Quality of life in health promotion and rehabilitation: Conceptual approaches, issues, and applications. Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA, 1996, p 75-86.

Renwick R, Nourhaghighi N, Manns P, Laliberté Rudman D. Quality of life for people with physical disabilities: a new instrument. Int J Rehab Research 2003;26:279-287.