Examination of social demographic status, disease status, health behaviours and quality of life in older Australians using the theory of planned behaviour model

Guo, Mei, Courtney, Mary D., & Anderson, Debra J. (2009) Examination of social demographic status, disease status, health behaviours and quality of life in older Australians using the theory of planned behaviour model. In Browning, C. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 8th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, Monash University, Rydges on Swanston, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 105-108.

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The increase of life expectancy worldwide during the last three decades has increased age-related disability leading to the risk of loss of quality of life. How to improve quality of life including physical health and mental health for older people and optimize their life potential has become an important health issue. This study used the Theory of Planned Behaviour Model to examine factors influencing health behaviours, and the relationship with quality of life. A cross-sectional mailed survey of 1300 Australians over 50 years was conducted at the beginning of 2009, with 730 completed questionnaires returned (response rate 63%). Preliminary analysis reveals that physiological changes of old age, especially increasing waist circumference and co morbidity was closely related to health status, especially worse physical health summary score. Physical activity was the least adherent behaviour among the respondents compared to eating healthy food and taking medication regularly as prescribed. Increasing number of older people living alone with co morbidity of disease may be the barriers that influence their attitude and self control toward physical activity. A multidisciplinary and integrated approach including hospital and non hospital care is required to provide appropriate services and facilities toward older people.

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ID Code: 31914
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Theory of Planned Behaviour, Quality of Life, Aged Care, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2010 22:04
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:08

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