Volume 23, Issue 104 (9-2013)                   J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci 2013, 23(104): 20-25 | Back to browse issues page

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Abdollahi F, Mohammadpour R A. Health Related Quality of life among the Elderly Living in Nursing Home and Homes. J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci. 2013; 23 (104) :20-25
URL: http://jmums.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-2628-en.html
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Background and purpose: Quality of life is considered as a comprehensive issue of health. As life expectancy continues to rise, one of the greatest challenges of public health is to improve the quality of later years of life. Considering the effect of socio-environment factors on health of elderly people, the aim of the present study was to analyze the quality of life of the elderly living in Sari, Iran. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted involving 153 individuals aged 60 years or more living in nursing home (60) and homes (93) in Sari. Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) was assessed using the Iranian version of short form 36 (SF-36) health survey questionnaire. Data were analyzed using t, analysis of variance and correlation tests. Results: HRQOL was found to be worse in elderly living in nursing in compared to whom living in home. Moreover, HRQOL was found to be worse among women and in individuals at advanced age. Conclusion: A relatively high level of HRQOL was found among elderly living in home compared with residents in nursing home. The results suggest that healthcare programs for the elderly should take into account the multi-dimensionality of health and social inequalities of elderly people.
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