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A new quality of life instrument with older people for economic evaluation

Project Details

Funding partner

Australian Research Council (Linkage) (LP170100664)




Ratcliffe J, Cameron I, Lancsar E, Walker R, Milte R, Hutchinson C, Swaffer K & Parker S. (2019) ‘Developing a new quality of life instrument with older people for economic evaluation in aged care: study protocol’. BMJ Open. 9:e028647. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028647

Cleland, J., Hutchinson, C., McBain, C., Walker, R., Milte, R., Khadka, J., & Ratcliffe, J. (2021). Developing dimensions for a new preference-based quality of life instrument for older people receiving aged care services in the community. Quality of Life Research, 30(2), 555-565.

Crocker, M., Hutchinson, C., Mpundu-Kaambwa, C., Walker, R., Chen, G., & Ratcliffe, J. (2021). Assessing the relative importance of key quality of life dimensions for people with and without a disability: an empirical ranking comparison study. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 19:264.

Hutchinson, C., Ratcliffe, J Cleland, J., Walker R., Milte, R., McBain, C., Corlis, M., Cornell, V., & Khadka, J (2021). The integration of mixed methods data to develop the Quality of Life – Aged Care Consumers (QOL-ACC) measure. BMC Geriatrics 21(1), 1-14.


DCI researchers

Flinders University researchers

  • Professor Julie Ratcliffe (lead)

  • Dr Claire Hutchinson

  • Dr Rachel Milte

Research partners

  • University of Sydney, Faculty of Medicine and Health - Professor Ian Cameron

  • Monash University, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health - Professor Emily Lancsar

  • Newcastle University (UK) – Emeritus Professor Stuart Parker

  • Helping Hand

  • ECH

  • Uniting AgeWell

  • Uniting NSW/ACT

  • Presbyterian Aged Care

  • Dementia Alliance International – Ms Kate Swaffer


This project aims to develop and validate a new preference based quality of life instrument for application in economic evaluation in aged care. The new instrument will be uniquely developed from its inception with older people receiving aged care services and will focus upon incorporating their values into the measurement and valuation of quality of life for economic evaluation. This project is part of Ruth Walker’s research program in the intersections between disability and ageing.


The intended outcome of the project is to provide a robust mechanism to incorporate a consumer focused, quality of life outcomes perspective to decision-making processes in aged care. The new instrument will have immediate applicability in quality assessment and economic evaluation improving the quality of life and wellbeing of older Australians.


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