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Physical function and health-related quality of life of older adults undergoing hospital rehabilitation : how strong is the association?

McPhail, Steven, Beller, Elaine, & Haines, Terry (2010) Physical function and health-related quality of life of older adults undergoing hospital rehabilitation : how strong is the association? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(12), pp. 2435-2437.

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to report preliminary empirical evidence regarding the association between common physical performance measures and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of hospitalized older adults recovering from illness and injury. Frequently, these patients do not return to premorbid levels of independence and physical ability. Rehabilitation for this population often focuses on improving physical functioning and mobility with the intention of maximizing their HRQoL for discharge and thereafter. For this reason, longitudinal use of physical performance measures as an indicator of improvement in physical functioning (and thus HRQoL) is common. Although this is a logical approach, there have been mixed results from previous investigations into the association between common measures of physical function and HRQoL amongst other adult patient populations.1,2 There has been no previous investigation reporting the association between HRQoL and a variety of common physical performance measures in hospitalized older adults.

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ID Code: 39995
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: common physical performance measures , health-related quality of life , HRQoL, Rehabilitation, physical functioning and mobility, Quality of Life, Function, rehabilitation, Elderly, EQ-5D
DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03163.x
ISSN: 0002-8614
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 09 Feb 2011 14:58
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 09:03

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