Role Functioning Measures

Published in: Measuring Functioning and Well-Being: The Medical Outcomes Study Approach / edited by Anita L. Stewart and John E. Ware, Jr., (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1992), Chapter 12, p. 205-219

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1992

by Cathy D. Sherbourne, Anita Stewart, Kenneth B. Wells

Historically, the definition of role functioning has focused narrowly on job-related limitations, although many measures also included limitations in the performance of housework or schoolwork. For the MOS, role functioning was defined more broadly to include roles related to volunteer work, caring for children, being a spouse or partner, and being involved in community activities. In the MOS, the authors sought to improve the validity of role functioning measures by separately defining and assessing role limitations due to physical and emotional problems.

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