Health-Related Quality of Life in Low-Income Older African Americans

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Jie Hu, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study examined the relationships among comorbid conditions, symptom stress, depression, functional status and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in low-income older African Americans with chronic diseases. A convenience sample of 83 older African American adults living in subsidized housing for elders participated in the study. Data were collected in face-to-face interviews. Participants reported lower scores on HRQOL than the SF–36 norms for age 60 or older in the general U.S. population. Comorbid conditions, symptom distress, depression, and functional status significantly predicted both the physical (F = 38.92,p <.001) and mental (F = 23.21,p <.001) health components of HRQOL, accounting for 63% of variance in the SF–36 physical health score and 55% of the variance in the SF–36 mental health score. The findings suggested that developing interventions to assist older African Americans to better manage their symptoms and depression are of prime importance for improving HRQOL.

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Journal of Community Health Nursing, 24(4), 253-265.
Language: English
Date: 2007
Quality of life, Older people, African Americans, Low income

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