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Table 2 MVQOLI items and subscales

From: Quality of life among patients receiving palliative care in South Africa and Uganda: a multi-centred study

Subscale Item
Global QOL How would you rate your QOL?
Symptoms 1. My symptoms are adequately controlled
  2. I feel sick all the time
  3. I accept my symptoms as a fact of life
  4. I am satisfied with current control of my symptoms
  5. Despite physical discomfort, in general I can enjoy my days OR Physical discomfort overshadows any opportunity for enjoyment
Function 6. I am still able to attend to most of my personal needs by myself OR I am dependent on others for my personal care
  7. I am still able to do many of the things I like to do OR I am no longer able to do many of the things I like to do
  8. I am satisfied with my ability to take care of my basic needs
  9. I accept the fact that I cannot do many of the things I used to do OR I am disappointed that I cannot do many of the things I used to do
  10. My contentment with life depends upon being active and being independent in my personal care
Interpersonal 11. I have recently been able to say important things to the people close to me
  12. I feel closer to others in my life now than I did before my illness OR I feel increasingly distant from others in my life
  13. In general, these days I am satisfied with relationships with family and friends
  14. At present, I spend as much time as I want to with family and friends
  15. It is important to me to have close personal relationships
Well being 16. My affairs are in order; I could die today with a clear mind OR My affairs are not in order; I am worried that many things are unresolved
  17. I feel generally at peace and prepared to leave this life OR I am unsettled and unprepared to leave this life
  18. I am more satisfied with myself as a person now than I was before my illness
  19. The longer I am ill, the more I worry about things 'getting out of control' OR The longer I am ill, the more comfortable I am with the idea of 'letting go'
  20. It is important to me to be at peace with myself
Transcendent 21. I have a greater sense of connection to all things now than I did before my illness OR I feel more disconnected from all things now than I did before my illness
  22. I have a better sense of meaning in my life now than I have had in the past OR I have less of a sense of meaning in my life now than I have had in the past
  23. As the end of my life approaches, I am comfortable with the thought of my own death OR As the end of my life approaches, I am uneasy with the thought of my own death
  24. Life has become more precious to me; every day is a gift OR Life has lost all value for me; every day is a burden
  25. It is important to me to feel that my life has meaning