Evaluating the quality of life of long-term care residents with dementia

Philip D. Sloane, Sheryl Zimmerman, Christianna S. Williams, Peter S. Reed, Karminder S. Gill, John S. Preisser

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Abstract

Purpose: This study's purpose was to better understand existing measures of quality of life in dementia residents of long-term care facilities. Design and Methods: We gathered data from 421 residents in 45 facilities. Analyses determined the psychometric properties of each measure, estimated the relationship between measures, and identified the extent to which resident characteristics predicted scores. Results: Most instruments had good to excellent dispersion and interrater reliability, and most scales had good to excellent internal consistency. Proxy measures tended to correlate best with each other, less well with observational measures, and least well with resident measures. Resident cognition and activities of daily living (ADLs) function were associated with most quality-of-life measures but predicted no more than a quarter of the observed variance in any measure. Implications: Various measures and sources of data provide different perspectives on quality of life. No "gold standard" exists; so a combination of methods and sources is likely to provide the most complete picture of quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-49
Number of pages13
JournalGerontologist
Volume45
Issue numberSPEC. ISS. 1
StatePublished - Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Long-Term Care
Dementia
Quality of Life
Information Storage and Retrieval
Proxy
Activities of Daily Living
Psychometrics
Cognition

Keywords

  • Assisted living
  • Dementia
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging

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Sloane, P. D., Zimmerman, S., Williams, C. S., Reed, P. S., Gill, K. S., & Preisser, J. S. (2005). Evaluating the quality of life of long-term care residents with dementia. Gerontologist, 45(SPEC. ISS. 1), 37-49.

Evaluating the quality of life of long-term care residents with dementia. / Sloane, Philip D.; Zimmerman, Sheryl; Williams, Christianna S.; Reed, Peter S.; Gill, Karminder S.; Preisser, John S.

In: Gerontologist, Vol. 45, No. SPEC. ISS. 1, 10.2005, p. 37-49.

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Sloane, PD, Zimmerman, S, Williams, CS, Reed, PS, Gill, KS & Preisser, JS 2005, 'Evaluating the quality of life of long-term care residents with dementia', Gerontologist, vol. 45, no. SPEC. ISS. 1, pp. 37-49.
Sloane PD, Zimmerman S, Williams CS, Reed PS, Gill KS, Preisser JS. Evaluating the quality of life of long-term care residents with dementia. Gerontologist. 2005 Oct;45(SPEC. ISS. 1):37-49.
Sloane, Philip D. ; Zimmerman, Sheryl ; Williams, Christianna S. ; Reed, Peter S. ; Gill, Karminder S. ; Preisser, John S. / Evaluating the quality of life of long-term care residents with dementia. In: Gerontologist. 2005 ; Vol. 45, No. SPEC. ISS. 1. pp. 37-49.
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