Methods for Assessing Quality of Life and Well-Being in Frail Older People

McKee, Kevin J. and Houston, Diane M. and Barnes, Sarah (2002) Methods for Assessing Quality of Life and Well-Being in Frail Older People. Psychology & Health, 17 (6). pp. 737-751. ISSN 0887-0446. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The appropriateness, reliability and convergence of differing methods and associated instruments for the assessment of quality of life and well-being in frail older people was examined in 60 (greater than or equal to 65 years of age) nursing home residents. The feasibility of measuring quality of life and well-being via a variety of instruments was explored through observation (an adaptation of Dementia Care Mapping), structured interview (Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life - Direct Weighting), and proxy questionnaire (Pleasant Events Schedule - Alzheimer Disease; Apparent Emotion Rating Scale). The observational assessment and Pleasant Events Schedule demonstrated good reliability. Significant associations were found between well-being as assessed by observation, and active social interaction and engagement in recreation as assessed by observation, quality of life as assessed by structured interview, and enjoyment of activities as assessed by proxy questionnaire. These findings indicate the importance of social activity in later life, and the potential of different approaches for the appropriate assessment of key aspects of quality of life in frail older people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: quality of life; well-being; elderly; assessment; reliability; social interaction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Diane Houston
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2008 08:50
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2015 12:27
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