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Educational policies and the quality of teaching : perceptions of Portuguese teachers

Silva, Ana Maria Costa e; Herdeiro, Rosalinda
Fonte: Scientific Research Publishing Publicador: Scientific Research Publishing
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2014 ENG
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The educational and curricular policies of the last two decades reflect attention to the quality of teaching by associating it with educational success, the improvement of student learning and the professional development of teachers. In this article we present some of the results of an investigation carried out with Portuguese teachers from the first cycle of basic education, who had, as their main objective, the understanding of the impact of educational and curricular policies on the development and identity of teachers, as well on the quality of teaching. We took as references various legal documents, especially the new Statute for a Teaching Career (STC) and the Evaluation of Teacher Performance (ETP) and other programs implemented by the Portuguese Ministry of Education. This longitudinal study was carried out over three years and it adopted a methodology of both a qualitative and quantitative nature, which permitted us to understand the perceptions of teachers of the first cycle of basic education using: 1) written and oral biographical narratives; 2) discussion groups formed specially for the purpose; and 3) replies from 249 questionnaires returned by teachers of this cycle. In this text we will report the results of analyzing the replies from the questionnaires and the statistical analysis made with the Chi-squared Test and the T-Test...

Quality of Life – A local scale approach: An ongoing project

Belbute, José
Fonte: International Society of Quality of Life Publicador: International Society of Quality of Life
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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The Research Project “Costs and Benefits of urban dispersion on a local scale” aims to compare costs and benefits of different forms of land use in two urban areas in Portugal: Aveiro and Évora. Concerning the costs, it will look at public infrastructure and mobility, while the benefits will be assumed and assessed as Quality of Life (QoL). We expect that such data, expressed in monetary terms, will provide new input for the decision-making process in urban planning and design, contemplating objective data, as well as different perceptions and valuations of urban contexts. This paper will briefly go through the Project’s purposes, emphasising those specific to the task on the definition and the assessment of QoL. Methodologically this task has three main steps: i) to provide background information on the multidimensionality of the QoL concept and its operationalization (problems and difficulties); ii) to develop a new concept of QoL at the local level (to identify the main attributes that explain the QoL in different settlement types - dispersed and continuous); iii) to develop, conceptually, a methodology to measure QoL on a local scale. A final note is due to state that no results will be presented, only methodological developments achieved so far.

A cross-sectional study on physical and sedentary activity and health-related quality of life in institutionalized vs. non-institutionalized elderly

Tomas-Carus, Pablo; Biehl-Printes, Clarissa; Raimundo, Armando; Laranjo, Luis; Pereira, Catarina; Terra, Newton; Sousa, Paulo; Fernandes, Jorge
Fonte: Pan American Journal of Aging Research Publicador: Pan American Journal of Aging Research
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
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Aims: to compare the physical activity, sedentary activity and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in institutionalized vs. non-institutionalized elderly, and to establish a pattern of relationship and prediction of physical and sedentary activity with physical and mental components of HRQoL. Methods: the sample consisted of 383 elderly with ≥ 75 years old (n=187 institutionalized and n=196 non-institutionalized). Were administered the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) and Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) for evaluated the physical and sedentary activity and HRQoL. Also was used the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) as exclusion criteria for cognitive problems in the elderly. Results: differences between institutionalized and non-institutionalized elderly were found in moderate-intensity activities and walking, a favour of non-institutionalized. The institutionalized elderly remain more minutes in sedentary activity. Also, were observed differences between both groups in physical component of HRQoL, a favour of non-institutionalized elderly. The mental component remained unchanged. The multivariate regression analyses showed that physical activity predicted the physical (8 to 12%) and mental (5 to 8%) components of HRQoL for institutionalized and non-institutionalized elderly. Conclusions: non-institutionalized elderly were more physically active...

Is physical activity a good way to improve quality of life in the elder population?

Bento, T.; Vitorino, A.; Cid, L.
Fonte: Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics - CIEO Publicador: Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics - CIEO
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2014 ENG
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Background: Although evidence demonstrates that physical activity beneficially influences major chronic illnesses, older adults remain sedentary. Many interventions to increase physical activity intend to reduce disease complications as well as improve quality of life by enhancing physical function in our even more aging society. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to summarize knowledge on randomized controlled trials studying the effects of physical activity interventions on quality of life in the elder population. Methods: Randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews or meta-analysis were searched in the Pubmed data base. Search terms: quality of life , intervention and physical activity were used to identify English written articles, with humans older than 65 years. Results: From the initial screening of 234 titles, only 5 articles met the inclusion criteria and were included in the final analysis. Conclusions: Physical activity interventions seem to have a slight effect on physical function and in improving quality of life of people aged 65 and over. More intervention studies involving physical activity in older people should include measures of quality of life as primary outcome...

The N-Pact Factor: Evaluating the Quality of Empirical Journals with Respect to Sample Size and Statistical Power

Fraley, R. Chris; Vazire, Simine
Fonte: Public Library of Science Publicador: Public Library of Science
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em 08/10/2014 EN
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The authors evaluate the quality of research reported in major journals in social-personality psychology by ranking those journals with respect to their N-pact Factors (NF)—the statistical power of the empirical studies they publish to detect typical effect sizes. Power is a particularly important attribute for evaluating research quality because, relative to studies that have low power, studies that have high power are more likely to (a) to provide accurate estimates of effects, (b) to produce literatures with low false positive rates, and (c) to lead to replicable findings. The authors show that the average sample size in social-personality research is 104 and that the power to detect the typical effect size in the field is approximately 50%. Moreover, they show that there is considerable variation among journals in sample sizes and power of the studies they publish, with some journals consistently publishing higher power studies than others. The authors hope that these rankings will be of use to authors who are choosing where to submit their best work, provide hiring and promotion committees with a superior way of quantifying journal quality, and encourage competition among journals to improve their NF rankings.

Quality of life and disability weights associated with periodontal disease

Brennan, D.; Spencer, A.; Roberts-Thomson, K.
Fonte: Inter Amer Assoc Dental Research Publicador: Inter Amer Assoc Dental Research
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2007 EN
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Burden-of-oral-disease studies have been hampered by lack of data on disability weights. It is likely that disability weights will vary between conditions such as gingivitis and periodontal pockets. The aims of this study were to assess health-related quality of life and disability weights for periodontal conditions. A random sample of 45- to 54-year-olds was surveyed during 2004-05 (n = 879, response rate = 43.8%), with oral examinations on n = 709 persons (completion rate = 80.7%). Oral disease symptoms were recorded by the EuroQol, from which disability weights were calculated. Reported pain/discomfort ranged from 6.1% of persons (gingivitis) to 25.8% of persons (6+ mm pockets). Lower disability weights were associated with gingivitis (0.001) and 6+ mm gingival recession (0.004), with higher weights for 6+ mm loss of attachment (0.012) and 6+ mm pocket depth (0.018). Variation in symptom experience indicated the need for investigators to identify periodontal conditions and apply appropriate disability weights in burden-of-disease studies.; D.S. Brennan, A.J. Spencer, and K.F. Roberts-Thomson; © 2007 International and American Associations for Dental Research

Quality-of-life measures for cardiac surgery practice and research: a review and primer

Tully, P.J.
Fonte: American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology Publicador: American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2013 EN
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Declining mortality and major morbidity rates after cardiac surgery have led to increasing focus on patient quality of life (QOL). Beyond longevity, the impact of cardiac surgery on day-to-day functioning is incredibly salient to patients, their spouses, and families. As such, QOL measures are a welcome and sometimes necessary addition to clinical trials. However, how does one navigate the expansive market of QOL questionnaires, which QOL measures are applicable to cardiac surgery units, and how can they be used meaningfully in clinical practice? Because nearly two decades have passed since QOL measures were reviewed for relevance to cardiac surgery settings, an overview is provided of various generic (Short Form Health Survey [SF-36], Sickness Impact Profile, Nottingham Health Profile) and disease-specific QOL measures (Duke Activity Status Index, Seattle Angina Questionnaire, MN Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire; Heart-QOL) with examples from cardiac surgery studies. Recommendations are provided for the application of QOL measures to clinical trials and the impact on clinical decision-making is discussed. The paucity of methodologically sound QOL studies highlights the necessity for further rigorous empirical data to better inform treatment efficacy studies and clinical decision-making.; Phillip J. Tully; Presented at the Perfusion Down Under Winter Meeting...

Hospital ownership and quality of care: what explains the different results?

Eggleston, Karen; Shen, Yu-Chu; Schmid, Christopher H.; Chan, Jia
Fonte: National Bureau of Economic Research Publicador: National Bureau of Economic Research
Tipo: Livro
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Does quality of care systematically differ among government-owned, private not-for-profit, and for-profit hospitals? A large empirical literature provides conflicting evidance. Through quantitative review of 46 studies since 1990, we find that several study features that can explain divergent results: analytic methods, disease studied, and data sources. For unprofitable care, how studies handle market competition and regional differences account for substantial variation. Policymakers should be aware that differences in results appear to arise predominately from differences between studies' analytic methods. Moreover, conventional methods of meta-analysis synthesis should be applied with great caution given the considerable overlap among studied hospitals.

A tool to measure whether business management capacity in general practice impacts on the quality of chronic illness care

Holton, C.; Proudfoot, J.; Jayasinghe, U.; Grimm, J.; Bubner, T.; Winstanley, J.; Harris, M.; Beilby, J.
Fonte: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Publicador: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd.
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2010 EN
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Our aim was to develop a tool to identify specific features of the business and financial management of practices that facilitate better quality care for chronic illness in primary care. Domains of management were identified, resulting in the development of a structured interview tool that was administered in 97 primary care practices in Australia. Interview items were screened and subjected to factor analysis, subscales identified and the overall model fit determined. The instrument's validity was assessed against another measure of quality of care. Analysis provided a four-factor solution containing 21 items, which explained 42.5% of the variance in the total scores. The factors related to administrative processes, human resources, marketing analysis and business development. All scores increased significantly with practice size. The business development subscale and total score were higher for rural practices. There was a significant correlation between the business development subscale and quality of care. The indicators of business and financial management in the final tool appear to be useful predictors of the quality of care. The instrument may help inform policy regarding the structure of general practice and implementation of a systems approach to chronic illness care. It can provide information to practices about areas for further development.; Christine H. Holton...

The influence of occupational therapy on quality of life for individuals with dementia living at home in the community: a literature review

O'Shea, Siobhan
Fonte: University of Limerick Publicador: University of Limerick
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis; all_ul_research; ul_theses_dissertations
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non-peer-reviewed; Background Dementia is the broad term used to describe a range of conditions, which effect the function of the brain. In addition to behavioural, emotional and social changes, dementia has a progressive decline in functional abilities (Cummins and Warren 2010; Olazarán et al 2010). As the prevalence of dementia diagnoses rise; the demands for occupational therapy services will escalate (Perrin et al 2008). Objectives To review the literature to establish current occupational therapy interventions for individuals with mild to moderate dementia and to ascertain the influence on quality of life and wellbeing for individuals with mild to moderate dementia who are living at home in their communities Methods The following databases were searched (AMED, Cinahl, Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, PsycARTICLES, PsycInfo, PubMed, UK & Ireland Reference Centre) for literature since 2005. Findings Over 1900 studies found. However, only three papers (Graff et al 2007b; Lam et al 2010; Voigt-Radloff et al 2011) specifically addressed quality of life for individuals with dementia in the community. Their findings were mixed regarding the influence occupational therapy has on quality of life. Conclusions Recent years have seen an increase in the literature for occupational therapy in dementia care. However...

Quality of life of the caregivers of people with aphasia. A systematic review.

Patrício, Brígida; Jesus, Luis; Cruice, Madeline
Fonte: Instituto Politécnico do Porto. Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde do Porto; Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de Aveiro; Escola Superior de Saúde da Universidade de Aveiro; School of Health Sciences Publicador: Instituto Politécnico do Porto. Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde do Porto; Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de Aveiro; Escola Superior de Saúde da Universidade de Aveiro; School of Health Sciences
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em //2013 ENG
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Purpose: Systematic review to identify the factors associated to the quality of life (QOL) of the caregivers of people with aphasia (PWA). Methods: Studies were searched using Medline, Pubmed, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, PsycINFO and Web of Science databases. Peer-reviewed papers that studied the QOL of PWA’s caregivers or the consequences of aphasia in caregivers’ life were included. Findings were extracted from the studies that met the inclusion criteria. Results: No data is available reporting particularly the QOL of PWA caregivers’ or their QOL predictors. Nevertheless, it was possible to extract aspects related to QOL from the studies that report the consequences of aphasia, and life changes in PWA’s caregivers. Nine (9) studies including PWA’s caregivers were found, but only 5 reported data separately on them. Methodological heterogeneity impedes cross-study comparisons, although some considerations can be made. PWA’s caregivers reported life changes such as: loss of freedom; social isolation; new responsibilities; anxiety; emotional loneliness; need for support and respite. Conclusions: Changes in social relationships, in emotional status, increased burden and need for support and respite were experienced by PWA’s caregivers. Stroke QOL studies need to include PWA caregivers’ and report separately on them. Further research is needed in this area in order to determine their QOL predictors and identify what interventions and referrals better suit their needs.

Quality of Service Monitoring: Performance Metrics Across Proprietary Content Domains

Donahue, Hugh Carter; O'Donnell, Sean; Ferrigno-Stack, Josephine
Fonte: MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Publicador: MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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We propose a quality of service (QoS) monitoring program for broadband access to measure the impact of proprietary network spaces. Our paper surveys other QoS policy initiatives, including those in the airline, and wireless and wireline telephone industries, to situate broadband in the context of other markets undergoing regulatory devolution. We illustrate how network architecture can create impediments to open communications, and how QoS monitoring can detect such effects. We present data from a field test of QoS-monitoring software now in development. We suggest QoS metrics to gauge whether information "walled gardens" represent a real threat for dividing the Internet into proprietary spaces. To demonstrate our proposal, we are placing our software on the computers of a sample of broadband subscribers. The software periodically conducts a battery of tests that assess the quality of connections from the subscriber's computer to various content sites. Any systematic differences in connection quality between affiliated and non-affiliated content sites would warrant research into the behavioral implications of those differences. If, however, the data shows that there are no chronic biases in connection quality, then it would be fair to conclude that the walls on the garden are low enough not to be detrimental to public communications. QoS monitoring is timely because the potential for the Internet to break into a loose network of proprietary content domains appears stronger than ever. Recent court rulings and policy statements suggest a growing trend towards relaxed scrutiny of mergers and the easing or elimination of content ownership rules. This policy environment could lead to a market with a small number of large...

Health related quality of life among patients with chronic hepatitis C: a cross-sectional study of sociodemographic, psychopathological and psychiatric determinants

Fábregas,Bruno Cópio; Ávila,Renata Eliane de; Faria,Marjore Novaes; Moura,Alexandre Sampaio; Carmo,Ricardo Andrade; Teixeira,Antonio Lúcio
Fonte: Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases Publicador: Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
Publicado em 01/12/2013 EN
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INTRODUCTION: Chronic hepatitis C virus infection patients have higher rates of psychiatric disorders than the general population. Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is known to be associated with impaired health related quality of life. To our knowledge, there is no previous research of health related quality of life in chronic hepatitis C patients that combined structured psychiatric interview and careful psychopathological evaluation, including depression, anxiety and fatigue instruments. The aim of this study was to evaluate health related quality of life of chronic hepatitis C patients and to investigate the association with sociodemographic, psychopathological and psychiatric factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-one individuals with chronic hepatitis C virus infection receiving care at a Brazilian public university-based outpatient service for infectious diseases were enrolled in the study. The World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale Brief Version was used to assess health related quality of life. Standard psychiatric interview (Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview-Plus) was conducted to establish Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Axis I psychiatric diagnosis. Further instruments completed psychopathological investigation: Beck Depression Inventory...

What matters for well-being: Individual perceptions of quality of life before and after important life events.

Scott, Jacqueline; Plagnol, Anke C.
Fonte: Applied Research in Quality of Life Publicador: Applied Research in Quality of Life
Tipo: Article; submitted version
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In recent decades, what matters for individual quality of life (QoL) has increasingly been the focus of empirical social science research. However, individuals are rarely asked directly what is important for their quality of life as part of large-scale surveys. The present analysis studies perceptions of what matters for QoL in a largescale longitudinal dataset ? the British Household Panel Survey ? which includes an open-ended question on QoL in three waves spanning ten years. We find that concepts of QoL change over the life course and differ between men and women.We hypothesize that changes in perceptions of QoL are related to important life events, such as the birth of a first child and retirement. These life events constitute ?turning points? after which individuals often shift their priorities of what matters for their QoL.We further explore whether such shifts in priorities are stable or disappear more than five years after the life event.

Characteristics of Alli?? users and effect of drug on quality of life

DiLorenzo, Kendall
Fonte: University of Delaware Publicador: University of Delaware
Tipo: Tese de Doutorado
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Cotugna, Nancy; Introduction. This study was designed to explore characteristics of overweight and obese Alli?? users and how the drug affected their quality of life. Methods. This obesity drug???s impact was investigated through a qualitative survey questionnaire. The population of interest was overweight or obese individuals (BMI =25) who were currently taking Alli??. The sample consisted of volunteers living in and outof the United States who met the criteria for the study; currentlytaking Alli?? and the ability toanswer basic questions about their usage, compliance, weight loss, side effects and quality of life. Furthermore, individuals had to be =18 years of age to participate. Fliers were developed torecruit participants through several different methods. The only successful method was through the social networking site Facebook. Participants volunteered to completea short online surveythat was developed through the program Qualtrics??. Results. A total of 16 individuals responded to a requestfor participation in the study. All of the participants were female. In addition, the majority were also white, from the US and between the ages of 25 and 34. Most participants (57%) in this study had a BMI >40, with ~87% of participants with a BMI =30. The BMI range was between 26.9 and 57.6. The most common side effects documented were gastrointestinal (GI) problems. A significant association between race and quality of life for discrimination was seen with a p value .03. Conclusion. Due to the small sample size...

Public Opinion of Education: Quality of Education 2006

Ackerman, Cheryl M.
Fonte: University of Delaware Education Research & Development Center Publicador: University of Delaware Education Research & Development Center
Tipo: Relatório
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Each year the Delaware Education Research and Development Center (R&D Center) of the University of Delaware conducts a telephone poll surveying citizens on their impressions regarding the condition of education in Delaware. This report presents the comprehensive results of the poll, in tabular and graphic formats, for the statewide Public Poll conducted in the spring of 2005. This report deals with the quality of education.; Delaware State Legislature

Public Opinion of Education: Quality of Education 2007

Ackerman, Cheryl M.; Qian, Xiaoyu
Fonte: University of Delaware Education Research & Development Center Publicador: University of Delaware Education Research & Development Center
Tipo: Relatório
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Each year the Delaware Education Research and Development Center (R&D Center) of the University of Delaware conducts a telephone poll surveying citizens on their impressions regarding the condition of education in Delaware. This report presents the comprehensive results of the poll, in tabular and graphic formats, for the statewide Public Poll conducted in the spring of 2005. This report deals with the quality of education.; Delaware State Legislature

Improving the quality of mental health care in primary care settings: a view from the United Kingdom

Gask,Linda
Fonte: The European Journal of Psychiatry Publicador: The European Journal of Psychiatry
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; journal article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion Formato: text/html; application/pdf
Publicado em 01/03/2007 ENG
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Background and objectives: In the forty years since 'general practice' became a focus for research in psychiatry the UK there have been considerable developments in policy, practice and research. The aim of this paper is to review recent research and policy developments concerned with improving quality of mental health in primary care settings. Methods: Narrative review of the literature. Results: Disappointing results from large scales trials in the last decade have led to a move towards more exploratory studies and attempts to understand more about contextual factors. Policy initiatives such as the NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines have set clear standards for the delivery of care, but considerable variation in quality of care persists in primary care settings. The Medical Research Council of the UK has suggested a sequential model for future randomised trials of complex interventions. Conclusion: Major outstanding challenges are the difficulties in recruiting GPs (General Practitioners) into research studies who are not particularly interested in mental health and linking research and policy such that the findings of such studies are effectively implemented in everyday practice.

Monitoring the quality of an Italian public psychiatric service: A four dimensions study of the outcome

Amatulli,Antonio; Azzone,Paolo; Srebnik,Debra
Fonte: The European Journal of Psychiatry Publicador: The European Journal of Psychiatry
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article; journal article; info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion Formato: text/html; application/pdf
Publicado em 01/03/2005 ENG
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Objective: Within the concept of the outcome of hea1th services, the user's satisfaction has to be integrated by other more objective measures of health and quality of life. Debra Srebnik and coworkers have proposed a Survey for Monitoring the Quality of Public Mental Hea1th Services (SMQPMHS), which covers the following dimensions: Satisfaction, Functioning, Quality of Life and Clinica1 Status. The research main goals were as follows: a) to study the psychometric properties of the Ita1ian version of the Survey, and b) to study possible differences between the outcome of psychiatric patients applying to our outpatient facilities vs. the American sample. Methods: The Italian version of SMQPMHS was proposed to all patients receiving care at 2 Italian outpatient psychiatric facilities over a period of 2 months. 291 subjects accepted to participate in the study and fi1led in adequately the questionnaire. Results: Mean scores of the 13 variables of the Survey were very similar to those observed in the Arnerican sample. A matrix of correlations between each variable and each of the others indicated adequate internal consistency. A principal component analysis supported the four-dimensions model of the Survey. Patients recently hospitalized showed a poorer Clinical Status and a lower Satisfaction. Patients unemployed at the time of the survey showed a poorer Clinical Status. Conclusions: The Italian version of SMQPMHS showed good psychometric properties...

The influence of the quality of working life on employee job satisfaction, job commitment and tenure intention in the SME sector in Zimbabwe

Chinomona,Richard; Dhurup,Manilall
Fonte: South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences Publicador: South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica Formato: text/html
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A major reason for advocating for quality of work life has been the promise that it creates a win-win situation: improved employee satisfaction and welfare, hence increased productivity, longer employee tenure and consequently increased company profitability. Nevertheless, in the context of small to medium enterprises (SMEs), scant attention has been given to the empirical investigation into the influence of the quality of work life on employee tenure intention in Southern Africa. The purpose of this study is to fill this gap by examining the influence of SME employees' perceptions of the quality of work life on their tenure intention and the mediating role of job satisfaction and job commitment in this relationship as far as Zimbabwe is concerned. Five hypotheses were posited and sample data of 282 were collected from Harare, Zimbabwe's biggest city, to empirically test these hypotheses. The results of this study showed that, in the SME context, quality of work life positively and significantly influences employee job satisfaction, job commitment and consequently tenure intention. The managerial implications of the findings are discussed and limitations and future research directions are indicated.