Depression and cancer were independently associated with quality of life in Brazilian older people

Raphael M Ritti-Dias, Gabriel Grizzo Cucato, Luciana Diniz Nagem Janot de Matos, Maysa Seabra Cendoroglo, Fabio Nasri, Nelson Wolosker, Maria Luiza Monteiro Costa, Fabio Gazelato de Mello Franco

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To analyse the factors associated with low health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in older people living in Brazil.

METHODS: In this cross-sectional study of the Jewish community residing in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we extensively evaluated the characteristics - including clinical, functional and sociodemographic - of 496 older people. Quality of life was assessed using the World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF (WHOQOL-BREF), while the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) was used to measure depressive symptoms.

RESULTS: After adjusting for potential confounders, we found that GDS score (β = -0.07; P = 0.04) and cancer (β = -0.47; P = 0.05) were associated with a low WHOQOL-BREF score.

CONCLUSION: Depressive symptoms and cancer were independently associated with low HRQoL among older people living in Brazil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E7-E11
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume38
Issue number1
Early online date31 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

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