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. Study protocol

    Effects of horticultural therapy on elderly’ health: protocol of a randomized controlled trial

    Due to a rapidly ageing population in the world, it is increasingly pertinent to promote successful ageing strategies which are cost-effective, easily accessible, and more likely to be acceptable to the elderl...

    Hui Yu Chan, Roger Chun-Man Ho, Rathi Mahendran, Kheng Siang Ng, Wilson Wai-San Tam, Iris Rawtaer, Chay Hoon Tan, Anis Larbi, Lei Feng, Angelia Sia, Maxel Kian-Wee Ng, Goh Lee Gan and Ee Heok Kua

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:192

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  2. Research Article

    Origins and consequences of technology acquirement by independent-living seniors: towards an integrative model

    Living independently can be challenging for seniors. Technologies are expected to help older adults age in place, yet little empirical research is available on how seniors develop a need for technologies, how the...

    S. T. M. Peek, K. G. Luijkx, H. J. M. Vrijhoef, M. E. Nieboer, S. Aarts, C. S. van der Voort, M. D. Rijnaard and E. J. M. Wouters

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:189

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  3. Study protocol

    Study protocol: pragmatic randomized control trial of an internet-based intervention (My tools 4 care) for family carers

    Family carers of older persons with Alzheimer’s’ disease and related dementia (ADRD) and multiple chronic conditions (MCC) experience significant, complex, and distressing transitions such as changes to their ...

    Wendy Duggleby, Jenny Ploeg, Carrie McAiney, Kathryn Fisher, Jenny Swindle, Tracey Chambers, Sunita Ghosh, Shelley Peacock, Maureen Markle-Reid, Jean Triscott, Allison Williams, Dorothy Forbes and Lori Pollard

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:181

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  4. Research Article

    Experiences of end of life amongst family carers of people with advanced dementia: longitudinal cohort study with mixed methods

    Many studies have examined the mental health of carers of people with dementia. Few have examined their experiences in the advanced stages of disease and into bereavement. We aimed to understand the experience...

    Kirsten J Moore, Sarah Davis, Anna Gola, Jane Harrington, Nuriye Kupeli, Victoria Vickerstaff, Michael King, Gerard Leavey, Irwin Nazareth, Louise Jones and Elizabeth L. Sampson

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:135

    Published on: 3 July 2017

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    The effectiveness of creating an online life story book on persons with early dementia and their informal caregivers: a protocol of a randomized controlled trial

    Dementia has a high burden for patients, informal caregivers and society. Given changes in care systems, more persons with dementia will live longer at home. However, living at home (with dementia) with a good...

    Teuntje R Elfrink, Sytse U Zuidema, Miriam Kunz and Gerben J Westerhof

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:95

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  6. Research Article

    Validation of the short version of the 10/66 dementia diagnosis in multiethnic Asian older adults in Singapore

    To validate the short version of the 10/66 dementia diagnosis against the standard version of the 10/66 dementia diagnosis and clinical diagnosis and examine concurrent validity with the World Health Organisat...

    Edimansyah Abdin, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Louisa Picco, Boon Yiang Chua, Martin Prince, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:94

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  7. Study protocol

    Comparison of the adaptive implementation and evaluation of the Meeting Centers Support Program for people with dementia and their family carers in Europe; study protocol of the MEETINGDEM project

    The MEETINGDEM study aims to implement and evaluate an innovative, inclusive, approach to supporting community dwelling people with mild to moderate dementia and their family carers, called the Meeting Centers...

    R. M. Dröes, F. J. M. Meiland, S. Evans, D. Brooker, E. Farina, D. Szcześniak, L. D. Van Mierlo, M. Orrell, J. Rymaszewska and R. Chattat

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:79

    Published on: 4 April 2017

  8. Study protocol

    The effects of an extensive exercise programme on the progression of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Exercise interventions to prevent dementia and delay cognitive decline have gained considerable attention in recent years. Human and animal studies have demonstrated that regular physical activity targets brai...

    Kate E. Devenney, Marit L. Sanders, Brian Lawlor, Marcel G. M. Olde Rikkert and Stefan Schneider

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:75

    Published on: 22 March 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:112

  9. Research Article

    Association among activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living and health-related quality of life in elderly Yi ethnic minority

    The health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of the elderly population of Yi ethnic minority, which is the seventh largest nationality in China, has been rarely reported. This study was designed to explore the H...

    Lingyun Ran, Xiaodong Jiang, Baogang Li, Hongqian Kong, Mengqi Du, Xiaolan Wang, Hua Yu and Qin Liu

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:74

    Published on: 22 March 2017

  10. Research Article

    The development and preliminary psychometric properties of two positive psychology outcome measures for people with dementia: the PPOM and the EID-Q

    Positive psychology research in dementia care has largely been confined to the qualitative literature because of the lack of robust outcome measures. The aim of this study was to develop positive psychology ou...

    Charlotte R. Stoner, Martin Orrell, Maria Long, Emese Csipke and Aimee Spector

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:72

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  11. Research Article

    Assessing the predictive power of psychological empowerment and health literacy for older patients’ participation in health care: a cross-sectional population-based study

    Research has confirmed a positive link between patient involvement in decision-making and improvements in health outcomes. The objective of this study was to examine the roles of psychological empowerment and ...

    Gabriele Sak, Fabia Rothenfluh and Peter J. Schulz

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:59

    Published on: 20 February 2017

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