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Associations between perception of wellness and health-related quality of life, comorbidities, modifiable lifestyle factors and demographics in older Australians

Foottit, Jenneke Anna & Anderson, Debra J. (2012) Associations between perception of wellness and health-related quality of life, comorbidities, modifiable lifestyle factors and demographics in older Australians. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 31(1), pp. 22-27.

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Abstract

Aim: The associations between perceived wellness and health-related quality of life, comorbidities and modifiable lifestyle factors in older adults were explored.

Methods: Self-administered questionnaires including the Perceived Wellness Survey and the 36-Item Short Form of the Medical Outcomes Study version two were distributed to 328 community-living adults aged 65 years and over.

Results: Results showed positive associations between perception of wellness and health-related quality of life. General health (r(249) = 0.66, P < 0.01), vitality (r(249) = 0.59, P < 0.01) and mental health (r(249) = 0.52, P < 0.01) had the strongest association; and social functioning (r(249) = 0.3, P < 0.01) and pain (r(249) = 0.36, P < 0.01) the lowest. Perceived wellness was influenced by hearing, mobility, memory, chronic disease, exercise, gambling and single status.

Conclusion: The study identified that perceived wellness in older adults is a multidimensional construct.

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ID Code: 47214
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia First Online Publication
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Keywords: Aged, Attitude to Health, Health Behaviour, Quality of Life, Wellness
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2011.00526.x
ISSN: 1440-6381
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: © 2011 The Authors. Australasian Journal on Ageing © 2011 ACOTA
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Deposited On: 25 Nov 2011 00:05
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2013 01:46

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