Background: Quality of Life (QoL) is a difficult and therefore poorly defined term. There are different definitions used in questionnaires and by different actors in the field. The exercise at Beitostølen Helsesportsenter (BHSS) is not necessarily an optimization of function, as much as a thought of unity regardingthe patient s life, using adapted physical activity (APA) and sports as a tool.
Material and method: 4 informants admitted to rehabilitation stays, were in depth interviewed at two different periods of times; during and 3 months after their stay. These data were analyzed using qualitative method.
Results: In accordance with earlier studies at BHSS, we found that QoL can be affected in a positive way by rehabilitation at BHSS. In addition we learned about several factors of importance concerning QoL, especially that they differ a lot among patients. The different informants emphasize widely different subjects affecting their QoL. A quantitative research using questionnaires would not intercept these differences.
Interpretation: Patients are unique, with different preferences and different needs. This requires an open, individual, qualitative approach to patients. They are entitled to an adjusted offer at those areas that will enhance their QoL. Our claim is that the use of qualitative method will find different and more correct answersto what QoL is to patients.