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Determinants of health-related quality of life in institutionalised older persons in northern Sydney


Sitoh, YY and Lau, TC and Zochling, JM and Schwarz, J and Chen, JS and March, LM and Cumming, RG and Lord, SR and Sambrook, PN and Cameron, ID, Determinants of health-related quality of life in institutionalised older persons in northern Sydney, Internal Medicine Journal, 35, (2) pp. 131-134. ISSN 1444-0903 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1445-5994.2004.00742.x


It is recognised that the focus of health-care interventions for frail older persons should not be restricted to increasing longevity, but should encompass measures aimed at improving or maintaining the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of these individuals. We studied the HRQoL profile of 612 frail older persons residing in nursing homes and hostels in northern Sydney, Australia, and sought to ascertain some of the factors that affect their perceived quality of life. Our findings suggest that common health states that may cause loss of independence and dignity (e.g. presence of osteoarthritis, presence of urinary incontinence, previous fracture, Parkinson's Disease and increasing frailty as reflected by residence in nursing homes) are strongly, and independently, associated with the HRQoL of institutionalised older persons. Some of these conditions may be amenable to intervention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Zochling, JM (Dr Jane Zochling)
ID Code:62696
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2010-03-17
Last Modified:2011-07-13

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