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Table 3 Responses to the British VLAS (n = 1545)

From: The Valued Life Activities Scale (VLAs): linguistic validation, cultural adaptation and psychometric testing in people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases in the UK

   Response option (%)
Item Without Difficulty Some Difficulty Much Difficulty Unable to Do Not Apply
1 Taking care of your basic needs, such as bathing, washing, getting dressed or taking care of personal hygiene 48.0 39.0 8.4 1.5 3.1
2 Preparing meals and cooking 48.2 33.1 9.5 3.0 6.3
3 Doing light housework, such as dusting or laundry 51.8 30.2 8.0 2.6 7.4
4 Doing heavier housework, such as vacuuming, changing sheets, or cleaning floors 24.5 32.8 21.7 12.9 8.2
5 Doing other work around the house, e.g. making minor home repairs or working in the garage fixing things 15.5 15.4 7.4 16.4 45.2
6 Gardening or outdoor property work 16.3 29.3 13.5 15.0 26.0
7 Shopping and doing errands 40.7 34.1 13.7 5.7 5.9
8 Going to appointments, such as going to the doctor or dentist, or going to have your hair cut or done 61.2 21.7 9.0 1.0 7.2
9 Taking care of young children in your family or doing things for them. 20.1 16.1 6.4 2.0 55.5
10 Taking part in activities with young children in your family 16.8 20.0 8.4 2.7 52.4
11 Taking care of other family members, such as your spouse or parent, or other people close to you 30.1 19.0 6.9 4.2 39.8
12 Visiting friends or family members in their homes 58.1 23.2 6.3 2.7 9.7
13 Going to social events, parties, or celebrations 43.2 21.1 6.7 3.9 25.2
14 Having friends and family members visit you inyourhome 62.0 20.1 4.3 1.1 12.4
15 Walking or getting around INSIDE your home 63.7 27.6 5.1 0.4 3.2
16 Walking OUTSIDE, just to get around, in the area around your home or other places you need to go on a regular basis (This does not include walking for exercise) 53.6 28.9 11.7 2.0 3.8
17 Taking part in leisure activities IN YOUR HOME, such as reading, watching television, listening to music 78.2 14.5 3.0 0.2 4.1
18 Taking part in leisure activities OUTSIDE your home, such as going to the pub, bingo, going to the cinema, club meetings, restaurants 44.1 23.2 7.2 3.6 21.9
19 Working on hobbies, crafts, or creative activities, such as music, knitting, sewing, woodworking, or painting 25.6 24.7 8.7 7.2 33.9
20 Taking part in physical recreational activities, such as walking for exercise, dancing, playing golf, bicycling, swimming or water aerobics 20.9 31.7 12.9 15.0 19.5
21 Driving or getting around your community by public transport 53.9 26.5 6.7 2.8 10.2
22 Travelling long distances 52.7 23.7 10.5 3.9 9.2
23 Taking part in religious or spiritual activities or religious services 23.9 6.7 1.2 1.8 66.4
24 Doing volunteer work 16.6 7.6 1.6 5.1 69.1
25 Working at a job for pay 15.2 18.1 4.3 6.8 55.7
26 Taking care of household business, e.g. pay bills or scheduling repairs 66.8 14.2 3.9 1.0 14.1
27 Taking care of social communication such as writing letters, sending e-mails, making phone calls or texting 63.5 24.3 5.3 0.8 6.1
28 Going to college or educational activities 11.2 3.1 1.3 2.2 82.2
29 Sleeping 27.8 45.8 22.3 0.8 3.3
30 Eating and chewing 75.0 16.4 4.1 0.0 4.5
31 Meeting new people 65.6 8.6 3.1 0.9 21.8
32 Having and/or taking care of a pet. 25.8 13.9 2.5 1.6 56.1
33 Having intimate relations with your spouse/partner 27.4 20.8 7.6 6.8 37.4
  1. a Items in bold are those subsequently included in the VLAS-CAT25