Quality of life among older people with poor functioning. The influence of perceived control over life

Bowling, Ann, Seetai, Sharon, Morris, Richard and Ebrahim, Shah (2007) Quality of life among older people with poor functioning. The influence of perceived control over life. Age and Ageing, 36, (3), 310 - 315. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afm023). (PMID:17387124).


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Objective: to investigate the apparently incongruous coupling of poor physical functioning with high QoL.
Study design and setting: face-to-face interview survey of random sample of 999 people aged 65+ across Britain.
Results: twenty-one per cent of respondents reported fairly to very severe levels of functional difficulty, and 62% of these rated their QoL as 'good'. Better self-rated health, lower burden of chronic disease, not having fallen, higher social engagement and higher levels of perceived control over life, distinguished between people who had difficulties with physical functioning and who perceived their QoL to be 'good', rather than 'not good'. The open-ended survey responses broadly supported the quantitative findings.
Conclusion: people with difficulties with physical functioning, who perceived their QoL to be 'not good', as opposed to 'good', were adversely affected by a higher burden of disease and having fewer socio-psychological resources to help them to cope effectively.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/ageing/afm023
ISSNs: 0002-0729 (print)
1468-2834 (electronic)
Keywords: physical functioning, quality of life, health status, elderly, old age, control, disability paradox, health, odds
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 334568
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
26 March 2007Published
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2012 12:56
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:24
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/334568

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