Findings on happiness in Mellor et al. (2003): study AU 2003

Author(s)Mellor, D.J.; Cummins, R.A.; Karlinsky, E.
TitleThe Management of Subjective Quality of Life by Short-stay Hospital Patients: An Exploratory Study.
SourceHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2003, Vol. 1, 1 - 17
PublicShort-stay in-ward surgery patients, shortly before and after treatment, Australia 2003
Collect period6-9
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
 All short stay (less then one week) surgery patients at a regional hospital over a six months period were invited to participate.
Respondents N =148
Non ResponseNot available
 At T1: 46% non-response, At T2: 13% drop-out, At T3: 14% drop-out of initially approached 148 number of patients.
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 First questionnaire completed. prior to admission. Second 2 days after surgery, second version and third questionnare 1 week after discharge. The 3rd version was returned by reply paid mail.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 20 questions How do you feel on the average? A Active B Energetic C Lively D Vigorous E Exhausted F Fatigued G Tired H Weary I Worn out J Aggravated K Agitated L Hostile M Irritable N Upset O Uptight P Calm Q Peaceful R Relaxed S Serene T Tranquil Rating scale 1 very slightly to not at all 2 3 4 5 extremely Computation: PA-NA: PA = A-D, P-T, NA = E-O
Author's labelSQOL
Page in publicationTable 1
RemarksAffect Balance computed by us, substracting NA from PA
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.01

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change in happiness before and after surgeryL06abCurrent life-events (past few years)
Change in happiness before and after surgeryH17aa01Earlier medical treatment, also classified as above ↑
Change in happiness before and after surgeryH17aa03History of current treatment, also classified as above ↑
Change in happiness before and after surgeryH04aa01bIn specific periods in the past, also classified as above ↑
Change in happiness before and after surgeryH17af13Surgery, also classified as above ↑