Our research on quality of life and older age since 1999, was funded initially by ESRC (Growing Older programme) & Cross-Research Council funding (New Dynamics of Ageing programme), and disseminated by the ESRC Follow-on Funding award. The latter disseminated the findings and measures of quality of life resulting from it. We developed and tested long and brief versions, of bottom-up, lay-based measures of quality of life in older age, cross- validated by theory. These were shown to have more social relevance, and higher levels of reliability and validity than existing measures.
The resulting measures are used internationally, and, as well as publications in international journals, have led to stakeholder, voluntary body and academic conference invitations to present it. It has also led to an invitation (Sept. 2012) from WHO in Geneva to contribute a chapter on quality of life in a policy volume they are producing with AgeUK. AB’s current awards build on this work (the measure is used as an outcome measure in an exercise RCT with older people (AB co-applicant: PI S Iliffe, UCL: NIHR, HTA : http://www. protocol of the ProAct 65+ trial - UK PubMed Central (UKPMC). It has led to a current award on quality of life and dementia in homeless people in which AB is currently doing the systematic review (AB coapplicant, PI: J Manthorpe, Kings: NIHR, SDO), and her expertise in quality of life outcomes informs her other awards (e.g. social well-being outcomes in an RCT of telephone support (AB co-applicant, PI: G Mountain, Sheffield, NIHR, PHRb), (satisfaction with care (AB co-applicant, PI N Greenwood, SGUL), disability and QoL trajectories in Women’s Regional Heart Study (AB co-applicant, PI S Ebrahim, LSHTM, DH), and AB’s ESRC award on loneliness in later life (AB co-applicant, PI C Victor, Brunel) has developed from the research on quality of life and our earlier collaborations on quality of life and loneliness (ESRC award PI C. Victor).