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Quality of life, health and physiological status and change at older ages
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6328-5494
2008 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, Vol. 66, no 7, p. 1579-1587Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relationship between self-reported health status and quality of life at older ages is well established. The present paper investigates this relationship further, using objective measures of health and their change over time in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, where positive quality of life at older ages was measured as CASP-19. Cross-sectionally, lung function and obesity, but not blood pressure, were associated with quality of life; these relationships in path analysis were transmitted primarily via functional limitation and more modestly, and only for lung function, via clinical depression. Longitudinally, the results suggest a stable and long-term influence on quality of life of lung function and, among women, body mass index, to which the influence of change may be cumulative; longer follow-up is required to clarify these processes. Overall, the results show that the relationship between health and quality of life is independent of potential psychological confounders, that functional limitation is the key dimension of health in its relationship with quality of life and that clinical depression may be an important mediator between functional limitation and quality of life.

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2008. Vol. 66, no 7, p. 1579-1587
Keywords [en]
Activities of Daily Living, Aged, Aged; 80 and over, Aging/*physiology/*psychology, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Chronic Disease, Cross-Sectional Studies, England, Female, Health Status Indicators, Humans, Lung/physiology, Male, Quality of Life, Sex Factors
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Medical and Health Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Social Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3770DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.12.021PubMedID: 18241966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3770DiVA, id: diva2:138068
Available from: 2009-01-05 Created: 2009-01-05 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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