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Psychology, psychiatry and quality of life

Section edited by Kee-Lee Chou

This section considers manuscripts on quality of life, depression, loneliness, family matters, relationships, psychological wellbeing.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of multimorbidity is increasing worldwide, and older people with multimorbidity are frequent users of health care services. Since multimorbidity has a significant negative impact on Health-relat...

    Authors: Leonie Klompstra, Anne W. Ekdahl, Barbro Krevers, Anna Milberg and Jeanette Eckerblad

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:187

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    Additional benefits of passive exposures to intermittent hypoxia and hyperoxia on cognitive performance and functional exercise capacity have been demonstrated in geriatric patients who performed a multimodal ...

    Authors: Ulrike Bayer, Rudolf Likar, Georg Pinter, Haro Stettner, Susanne Demschar, Brigitte Trummer, Stefan Neuwersch, Oleg Glazachev and Martin Burtscher

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:167

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Currently, there is no composite screening tool that can efficiently and effectively assess prevalent yet under-recognized cognitive and neuropsychiatric comorbidities in patients with cardiovascular disease. ...

    Authors: Dana Mohammad, Nathan Herrmann, Mahwesh Saleem, Richard H. Swartz, Paul I. Oh, Janelle Bradley, Parco Chan, Courtney Ellis and Krista L. Lanctôt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:163

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The coming years will see more persons with dementia living longer at home. However, “the home” is a complex concept with a multitude of meanings, varying among individuals and raising ethical and practical di...

    Authors: Stein Erik Fæø, Bettina S. Husebo, Frøydis Kristine Bruvik and Oscar Tranvåg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:158

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  5. Content type: Research article

    As the number of elderly people is on the rise in societies throughout the world, providing them with optimal care is becoming a major demand, especially in the context of rising interest in institutional care...

    Authors: Izabela Wróblewska, Dorota Talarska, Zuzanna Wróblewska, Robert Susło and Jarosław Drobnik

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:147

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Spirituality plays an important role during old age, but reveals itself as a confounding mental health concept, which needs to be defined when providing spiritual care. The purpose of this study was to explore...

    Authors: Fatemeh Hajinejad, Ebrahim Ebrahimi, Anneke de Jong and Maryam Ravanipour

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:132

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Early detection of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia is very important to begin appropriate treatment promptly and to prevent disease exacerbation. We investigated the screening accuracy of the Japa...

    Authors: Shintaro Takenoshita, Seishi Terada, Hidenori Yoshida, Megumi Yamaguchi, Mayumi Yabe, Nao Imai, Makiko Horiuchi, Tomoko Miki, Osamu Yokota and Norihito Yamada

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:123

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the use of psychotropic drugs in older adults receiving domiciliary care. The first aim was to describe the prevalence and persistency of use of psychotropic drugs in older adults (≥ 70 y...

    Authors: Marie Turmo Lornstad, Marte Aarøen, Sverre Bergh, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth and Anne-Sofie Helvik

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:119

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Research on elder abuse has defined it as a multidimensional construct that encompasses a set of different abusive behaviours, victims, perpetrators and settings. The array of possible elder abuse configuratio...

    Authors: Ana João Santos, Baltazar Nunes, Irina Kislaya, Ana Paula Gil and Oscar Ribeiro

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:117

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The needs of people with dementia (PWD) have not been assessed in any Latin American country. Several European countries have already related unmet needs with quality of life, caregiver’s age, burden, stress, ...

    Authors: Thamara Tapia Muñoz, Andrea Slachevsky, María O. León-Campos, Michel Madrid, Alejandra Caqueo-Urízar, Gustav C. Rohde and Claudia Miranda-Castillo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:106

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Quality of life (QoL) is a subjective and dynamic concept resulting from an interplay between importance of and satisfaction with different aspects of life. However, it is unclear whether social contexts exper...

    Authors: Nazanin Abolhassani, Brigitte Santos-Eggimann, Christophe Büla, René Goy, Idris Guessous and Yves Henchoz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:96

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Medical Visit Companions (MVCs) are encouraged for older adults’ routine medical encounters. Little data exist on the experiences and contributions of non-spouse companions for the growing population of older ...

    Authors: Orla C. Sheehan, Anita L. Graham-Phillips, John D. Wilson, Deidra C. Crews, Cheryl L. Holt, Jennifer Gabbard, Katherine C. Smith, Jennifer L. Wolff and David L. Roth

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:84

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    The rapid increase in the number of elderly family caregivers underlines the need for new support systems. Internet-delivered psychological interventions are a potential approach, as they are easy to access fo...

    Authors: Päivi Lappalainen, Inka Pakkala and Riku Nikander

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:72

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  14. Content type: Research article

    A telephone intervention for caregivers of older people discharged from hospital was shown to improve preparedness to care, reduce caregiver strain and caregiver distress. No cost-effectiveness analysis has be...

    Authors: David Youens, Richard Parsons, Christine Toye, Susan Slatyer, Samar Aoun, Keith D. Hill, Matthew Skinner, Sean Maher, Sue Davis, Rebecca Osseiran-Moisson and Rachael Moorin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:68

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Giving up driving is a pivotal life event and universal challenge for people living with dementia and their families, and a complex area of clinical practice for health professionals who monitor driving cessat...

    Authors: Theresa Scott, Jacki Liddle, Geoffrey Mitchell, Elizabeth Beattie and Nancy Pachana

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:66

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  16. Content type: Research article

    According to a WHO report, nearly 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder, constituting 6.6% of the total disability for this age group. Taipei City faces rapid transformation towards an a...

    Authors: Tzu-Jung Tseng, Yi-Syuan Wu, Jia-Hong Tang, Yen-Hui Chiu, Yu-Ting Lee, I-Chun Fan and Ta-Chien Chan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:60

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Loss and grief are experienced by caregivers of persons with dementia (PWD), relating to the ambiguous loss of PWD even when they are still alive and the anticipation of future loss related to their physical d...

    Authors: Tau Ming Liew, Bee Choo Tai, Philip Yap and Gerald Choon-Huat Koh

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:54

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Physical activity is linked to benefits such as increased physical fitness, cognition, emotional and social functioning, general health and well-being in older people. Some evidence suggests that this also app...

    Authors: Joeke van Santen, Rose-Marie Dröes, Judith E. Bosmans, Olivier A. Blanson Henkemans, Sjef van Bommel, Esther Hakvoort, Ronald Valk, Carla Scholten, Joris Wiersinga, Annemieke van Straten and Franka Meiland

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:50

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    The Aotearoa/New Zealand population is ageing and numerous studies demonstrate with this phenomenon comes increases in non-communicable diseases, injuries and healthcare costs among other issues. Further, sign...

    Authors: John G. Oetzel, Brendan Hokowhitu, Mary Simpson, Rangimahora Reddy, Sophie Nock, Hineitimoana Greensill, Michael P. Cameron, Pare Meha, Kirsten Johnston, Truely Harding, Pita Shelford and Linda Tuhiwai Smith

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:36

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    Volunteering could be a win-win opportunity for older adults: Links between volunteering and societal improvements as well as older adults’ own health and longevity are found in several observational studies. ...

    Authors: Lisa M. Warner, Da Jiang, Alice Ming-Lin Chong, Tianyuan Li, Julia K. Wolff and Kee-Lee Chou

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:22

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The trajectories for health-related quality of life of patients receiving home-based primary care are not well identified. Our objective was to investigate changes in the quality of life (QOL) and factors that...

    Authors: Chi-Hsien Huang, Hiroyuki Umegaki, Hiroko Kamitani, Atushi Asai, Shigeru Kanda, Keiko Maeda, Hideki Nomura and Masafumi Kuzuya

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:21

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Caregivers of a family member with a chronic disability or illness such as dementia are at increased risk for chronic disease. There are many factors that contribute to dementia caregiver vulnerability and the...

    Authors: Roland von Känel, Brent T. Mausbach, Joel E. Dimsdale, Michael G. Ziegler, Paul J. Mills, Matthew A. Allison, Thomas L. Patterson, Sonia Ancoli-Israel and Igor Grant

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:18

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Socioeconomic level of residential environment was found to influence cognitive performance. However, individuals from the same place of residence may be affected differently. We aim to investigate for the fir...

    Authors: Noémie Letellier, Isabelle Carrière, Laure-Anne Gutierrez, Audrey Gabelle, Jean-François Dartigues, Carole Dufouil, Catherine Helmer, Emmanuelle Cadot and Claudine Berr

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:4

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    People with dementia (PwD) experience a range of negative behavioral and psychological symptoms which can lower their quality of life. Because of the increasing prevalence of dementia, interventions that maint...

    Authors: Lisette Weise, Elisabeth Jakob, Nils Frithjof Töpfer and Gabriele Wilz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:313

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Seventy percent of people with advanced dementia live and die in care homes. Multisensory approaches, such as Namaste Care, have been developed to improve the quality of life and dying for people with advanced...

    Authors: Frances Bunn, Jennifer Lynch, Claire Goodman, Rachel Sharpe, Catherine Walshe, Nancy Preston and Katherine Froggatt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:303

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  26. Content type: Research article

    People with advanced dementia often experience suboptimal end of life care (EoLC) with inadequate pain control, increased hospitalisation, and fewer palliative care interventions compared to those with cancer....

    Authors: Claire Bamford, Richard Lee, Emma McLellan, Marie Poole, Karen Harrison-Dening, Julian Hughes, Louise Robinson and Catherine Exley

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:302

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) are moving towards a Consumer Directed Care (CDC) model of care. There are limited examples of CDC in ageing research, and no evaluation of a comprehensive CDC interven...

    Authors: Marita P. McCabe, Elizabeth Beattie, Gery Karantzas, David Mellor, Kerrie Sanders, Lucy Busija, Belinda Goodenough, Michelle Bennett, Kathryn von Treuer and Jessica Byers

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:287

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    No proven effective interventions on quality of life (QoL) are available for persons with dementia in a long-term care facility (LTCF). However, several interventions are effective in diminishing mediators of ...

    Authors: Paulien H. van Dam, Wilco P. Achterberg, Jacobijn Gussekloo, Bettina S. Husebo and Monique A. A. Caljouw

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:279

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between kidney function and depressive symptoms among elderly people has been rarely investigated in settings of the general population. The aim of our study was to examine the association of ...

    Authors: Ling Wu, Zhongrui Yan, Hui Jiang, Huaimei Xing, Haohao Li and Chengxuan Qiu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:265

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  30. Content type: Research Article

    The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is known to have discriminative power for patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Recently Cognitive Reserve (CR) has been introduced as a factor that compensate...

    Authors: Jae Myeong Kang, Young-Sung Cho, Soowon Park, Byung Ho Lee, Bo Kyung Sohn, Chi Hyun Choi, Jeong-Seok Choi, Hee Yeon Jeong, Seong-Jin Cho, Jae-Hong Lee and Jun-Young Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:261

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Subjective memory impairment (SMI), or the perception of memory problems in the absence of objective memory deficits, is associated with negative outcomes of individual and societal significance, including a s...

    Authors: Nikki L. Hill and Jacqueline Mogle

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:260

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Although cognitive functions affect the health related quality of life (QoL), the relationship between perceived QoL and cognition including executive functions has not been studied adequately. Available studi...

    Authors: Madushika Wishvanie Kodagoda Gamage, Chandana Hewage and Kithsiri Dedduwa Pathirana

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:256

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Falls and injuries in older adults have significant consequences and costs, both personal and to society. Although having a high incidence of falls, high prevalence of fear of falling and a lower quality of li...

    Authors: Maria Bjerk, Therese Brovold, Dawn A. Skelton and Astrid Bergland

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:253

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Self-perceived uselessness is associated with poorer health in older adults. However, it is unclear whether there is a difference in self-perceived uselessness between centenarians and non-centenarians, and if...

    Authors: Yuan Zhao, Hong Fu, Aimei Guo, Li Qiu, Karen S. L. Cheung, Bei Wu, Daniela Jopp and Danan Gu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:251

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Elderly individuals are increasingly represented among patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), but data describing life with an ICD are scarse among octo- and nonagenarians. Moreover, few ...

    Authors: Ingela Thylén, Debra K. Moser and Anna Strömberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:250

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  36. Content type: Research article

    This process evaluation article describes the lessons learned from a failed trial which aimed to assess effectiveness of the tailor-made, multidisciplinary Social Fitness Programme to improve social participat...

    Authors: H W Donkers, D J Van der Veen, S Teerenstra, M J Vernooij-Dassen, M W G Nijhuis-vander Sanden and M J L Graff

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:237

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies show conflicting results regarding the association between cognition and life-space mobility, and little is known regarding the mediators and moderators of the associat...

    Authors: François Béland, Dominic Julien, Nathalie Bier, Johanne Desrosiers, Marie-Jeanne Kergoat and Louise Demers

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:227

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Social wellbeing factors such as loneliness and social support have a major impact on the health of older adults and can contribute to physical and mental wellbeing. However, with increasing age, social contac...

    Authors: Gabrielle Lindsay-Smith, Grant O’Sullivan, Rochelle Eime, Jack Harvey and Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:226

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  39. Content type: Research article

    With an ageing population and widening indications for pacemakers implantation, the number of persons carrying an implant is steadily increasing. The routine follow-up is thus a heavy burden for the respective...

    Authors: Antonio Lopez-Villegas, Daniel Catalan-Matamoros, Remedios Lopez-Liria, Terje Enebakk, Hilde Thunhaug and Knut Tore Lappegård

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:223

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The objectives of this study with a large sample of informal caregivers (CG) were a) to compare health-related outcomes of CGs caring for a patient with dementia and those caring for a relative with another ch...

    Authors: Nina Karg, Elmar Graessel, Ottilie Randzio and Anna Pendergrass

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:189

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Geriatric depression is a societal problem, specifically in those living alone in Korea. This study aims are to investigate (1) how sociodemographic factors, health status, and health behaviors are differently...

    Authors: Heejung Kim, Sooyoung Kwon, Soyun Hong and Sangeun Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:186

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Dementia affects cognitive functioning, physical functioning, activities of daily living (ADLs), and quality of life (QOL). Pharmacological treatments to manage, cure or prevent dementia remain controversial. ...

    Authors: Marelle Heesterbeek, Eddy A. Van der Zee and Marieke J. G. van Heuvelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:182

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Motivational abilities (MA), that describe skills in relation to goal-oriented behavior, have recently been found to be associated with neuropathological aging. Here we examine the impact of MA on the long-ter...

    Authors: Myriam V. Thoma, Simon Forstmeier, Roger Schmid, Oliver Kellner, Franziskos Xepapadakos, Ursula Schreiter Gasser, Andreas Blessing, Axel Ropohl, Gabriela Bieri-Brüning, Dries Debeer and Andreas Maercker

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:181

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Multimorbidity is recognized as a major public health issue that increases with age and affects approximately two-thirds of older people in Canada, the US, Australia and many European countries. This study dev...

    Authors: Andrew Wister, Scott Lear, Nadine Schuurman, Dawn MacKey, Barbara Mitchell, Theodore Cosco and Ian Fyffe

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:170

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  45. Content type: Research Article

    Evaluation of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is necessary to ensure optimal management. Several scales for assessing HRQoL of patients with AD exist, in partic...

    Authors: Coralie Barbe, Damien Jolly, Isabella Morrone, Aurore Wolak-Thierry, Moustapha Dramé, Jean-Luc Novella and Rachid Mahmoudi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:159

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of major depression (MD) according to population studies is the same for old (65 years and older) and younger adults. In contrast, an elevated proportion of old MD patients are hospitalized comp...

    Authors: Torfinn Lødøen Gaarden, Knut Engedal, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth, Marianne Larsen, Bernhard Lorentzen, Tom Eirik Mollnes, Tor Magne Bjølseth and Albert Castellheim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:149

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have demonstrated that life story work has positive effects when used on older adults. This study aimed to examine the effect of life story work on the general mental well-being, self-esteem, ...

    Authors: Claudia K. Y. Lai, Ayumi Igarashi, Clare T. K. Yu and Kenny C. W. Chin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:119

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