Quality of life among older people with poor functioning. The influence of perceived control over life

Bowling, Ann, Seetai, Sharon, Morris, Richard and Ebrahim, Shah (2007) Quality of life among older people with poor functioning. The influence of perceived control over life. Age and Ageing, 36(3), pp. 310-315. ISSN (print) 0002-0729

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Objective: to investigate the apparently incongruous coupling of poor physical functioning with high QoL. Study design and setting: face-to-face interview survey of random sample of 999 people aged 65+ across Britain. Results: twenty-one per cent of respondents reported fairly to very severe levels of functional difficulty, and 62% of these rated their QoL as 'good'. Better self-rated health, lower burden of chronic disease, not having fallen, higher social engagement and higher levels of perceived control ver life, distinguished between people who had difficulties with physical functioning and who perceived their QoL to be 'good', rather than 'not good'. The open-ended survey responses broadly supported the quantitative findings. Conclusion: people with difficulties with physical functioning, who perceived their QoL to be 'not good', as opposed to 'good', were adversely affected by a higher burden of disease and having fewer socio-psychological resources to help them to cope effectively.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, fund number; the ESRC and Medical Research Council Health Services Research Collaboration programme funding (Health and Disability)
Uncontrolled Keywords: physical functioning, quality of life, health status, elderly, old age, control
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Health services research
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
Depositing User: Susan Miles
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 11:53
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2014 16:14
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afm023
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/17219

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