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Tool lets nurses measure carers' quality of life

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 A new tool that lets nurses and other professionals measure the quality of life of adult, unpaid carers has been launched today.

The Adult Carer Quality of Life Questionnaire (AC-QoL), published by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers in association with Nottingham University, is a 40-item test that measures a carer’s quality of life in eight domains: support for caring, caring choice, caring stress, money matters, personal growth, sense of value, ability to care and carer satisfaction.

The questionnaire can be used on a one-off basis, or as a pre- or post-intervention tool to measure the impact of support.

Princess Royal Trust for Carers director of policy Dr Moira Fraser said: “We wanted to produce a tool for practitioners who work with carers so they can effectively assess both the negative and positive aspects of caring. We hope the questionnaire will be widely used to help us measure what works in providing support for carers and also help us see trends at a national level.”

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