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Majority of Quebecers see their quality of life as good, according to a study

MONTREAL – Large Quebecers generally have a good sense of their quality of life despite the context of the pandemic, according to preliminary results of extensive research extending through 2026 to measure the effects of the health crisis.

The study called VIRAGE looks at the evolution of quality of life and resilience in populations to better adapt health care and social services. It is conducted under the supervision of researchers from CIUSSS de la Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec (MCQ), UQTR and the Intersectoral Health Research Network of the University of Quebec (RISUQ).

More than 1,000 respondents have participated so far in this survey, which is conducted mainly in the regions of Maurice, Center de Quebec, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspey and Apetepe-Tmiscaming.

According to the first data set, it appears that the vast majority of participants (82%) generally view their quality of life as good, very good, or even excellent.

Unsurprisingly, the study suggests that quality of life will be lower among people with lower incomes and lower education.

VIRAGE is based on the World Health Organization questionnaire that quantifies quality of life according to four indicators: physical health, psychological well-being, social relationships and the environment.

The gaps between the richest and the least affluent are most pronounced on the environmental side, i.e. feeling safe, living in a healthy environment, access to recreational activities, transportation and healthcare.

“One of the findings of our study, is to say that we should work in enabling environments, especially among the less affluent because it will certainly have an impact on their quality of life,” he said in an interview with the scientific director. and Infrastructure for Health Promotion Research at CIUSSS MCQ, Julie Holly.

There is also marked disparity between these sociodemographic groups in terms of physical health, which is far from surprising, states the full professor in the UQTR Department of Nursing Sciences.

It has been scientifically proven that environments influence many health-related lifestyle habits and the development of many chronic diseases, says Ms. Holly.

Flexibility: a key role

Preliminary findings from the longitudinal study also reveal that resilience, or the ability to recover after stressful or challenging events, plays a major role in the quality of life of Quebecers.

Resilience explains up to 30% of psychological well-being, which is a “very strong” association, Ms. Holly identifies. This bond is stronger among the poorest people.

Managing to adapt to difficult events, giving meaning to what is happening, having the ability to act in a situation, promotes psychological well-being,

Ms Swell suggests: “Given the results we’ve got, it will be important to push the studies a little further to understand what makes them more or less bouncy from challenging challenges.”

According to her, more efforts should be made with low-income populations to enhance their resilience, noting that this indicator has a significant impact on their quality of life.

“Knowing very well that if we improve resilience in these populations, we risk affecting their perception of psychological well-being,” says the researcher.

Although respondents are concentrated in certain regions, the results of the study can be used throughout Quebec. Julie Hall explains that the data so far has shown some significant differences between regions.

The study is always looking for new participants. People who have already participated in the exercise every six months are invited to answer the same questionnaires to monitor the development of quality of life and resilience.


This article was produced with financial support from Meta Fellowships and The Canadian Press for News.

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