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Evaluation of the Validity of the Quality of Well-being Scale in Trinidad and Tobago



Both developing countries in the Caribbean and developed countries face resource allocation challenges. However, cost-effectiveness analysis instruments that may assist in allocation of resources have not been tested in Caribbean countries. Trinidad and Tobago is an advantageous location to test an instrument for potential use in the Caribbean. It has a single payer healthcare system and a literate population. Due to historical and current migration from other Caribbean countries, the population might be a fair representation of English-speaking Caribbean nations. We tested the validity of the Quality of Well-being Scale (QWB) on a sample of the non-institutionalized general population in Trinidad. The survey included reports of chronic conditions and items from the Trinidad and Tobago National Health Interview Survey. Data were analyzed using a multivariable regression model. One adult from each of 235 households consented to the interview. The results are consistent with results obtained in the United States of America. Being older, female, more chronic conditions and more symptoms/problems were significantly associated with lower mean QWB scores. These results suggest that the QWB with US-derived weights show evidence of validity in Trinidad and Tobago. Thus, health decision makers can use the QWB to compare the effects of different health conditions and health interventions. In addition, investigators can make cross-cultural comparisons of QWB scores for diseases or health conditions.

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e-Published: 18 Jul, 2013
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