The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Quality of Life scale (PCOSQOL): Development and preliminary validation


Polycystic ovary syndrome is an endocrine disorder amongst women, which can negatively impact quality of life. Research proposes that a more sensitive PCOS quality of life measure is needed. This study aims to develop and initially validate a quality of life scale for women with the condition in the United Kingdom. Women with PCOS (n = 714) took part in the development and initial validation of the 35-item polycystic ovary syndrome quality of life scale (PCOSQOL)(α = .95). Subscales include Impact of PCOS (α = .95), Infertility (α = .95), Hirsutism (α = .97) and Mood (α = .89). The PCOSQOL scale represents aspects of quality of life important to women with PCOS and may be more sensitive for use in the clinical and research settings.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
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Uncontrolled Keywords: development, polycystic ovary syndrome, quality of life, SCALE
Publication ISSN: 2055-1029
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 07:24
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 11:59
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Published Date: 2018-07-01
Accepted Date: 2018-07-01
Authors: Williams, Sophie
Sheffield, David
Knibb, Rebecca C (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5561-0904)


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