Health-related quality of life in Brazilian community-dwelling and institutionalized elderly: Comparison between genders

Gabriel Grizzo Cucato, Raphael Mendes Ritti-Dias, Maysa Seabra Cendoroglo, José Maria Maluf DE Carvalho, Fábio Nasri, Maria Luiza Monteiro Costa, Luciana Diniz Nagem Janot DE Matos, Fábio Gazelato DE Mello Franco

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Abstract

Objective: To compare the health-related quality of life (HRQL) indicators between institutionalized and community-dwelling elderly men and women.

Method: This was a cross-sectional study with a sample of 496 elderly men and women, surveyed by researchers at a private hospital that attends institutionalized and community-dwelling elderly. HRQL (World Health Organization Quality of Life), daily living activities (Katz questionnaire), and instrumental daily living activities (Lawton questionnaire), mini-mental state examination, handgrip strength test, and function capacity (timed up and go test) were obtained.

Results: Institutionalized men presented higher scores in physical and psychological domains of HRQL compared to elderly men living alone (p<0.05). Among women, the scores in all domains (physical, psychological, relationship, and environment) were similar between institutionalized and community-dwelling individuals.

Conclusion: Institutionalized elderly men reported better scores in physical and psychological domains of HRQL compared to their community-dwelling pairs, while both institutionalized and community-dwelling elderly women presented similar HRQL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-852
Number of pages5
JournalRevista da Associacao Medica Brasileira
Volume62
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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