Evid Based Nurs 3:31 doi:10.1136/ebn.3.1.31
  • Qualitative

Adults with disabilities who reported excellent or good quality of life had established a balance of body, mind, and spirit

 QUESTION: How do adults with disabilities understand and describe their quality of life in relation to physical and social environments?


Qualitative approach using semistructured interviews.


Chicago, Illinois, USA.


153 adults (median age 53 y, 51% women, 45% African-American, 50% single and never married, 51% high school graduates, 62% living with others) with a disability (arthritis, spinal cord injury or paralysis, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, orthopaedic conditions, head injury, HIV, AIDS, heart conditions, eye or vision problems, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic pain, addiction, or mental illness). The sample was generated through contacts in community based disability groups, government benefit agencies, shelters for the homeless, and acute hospitals.


Adults were interviewed in English or Spanish for approximately 2.5 hours and responded to open ended questions about their disability, their perceived quality of life, and how the disability affected quality of life. …

Free Sample

This recent issue is free to all users to allow everyone the opportunity to see the full scope and typical content of EBN.
View free sample issue >>

EBN Journal Chat

The EBN Journal Chat offers readers the opportunity to participate in discussion about research articles and commentaries from Evidence Based Nursing (EBN).

How to participate >>

Don't forget to sign up for content alerts so you keep up to date with all the articles as they are published.

Navigate This Article