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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. Death anxiety is a common phenomenon in all societies. Older adults may be more prone to death anxiety than their younger counterparts; however, death anxiety among older adults is not well understood. This st...

    Authors: Jiaxi Zhang, Jiaxi Peng, Pan Gao, He Huang, Yunfei Cao, Lulu Zheng and Danmin Miao

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:308

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Frail older adults are commonly prescribed antidepressants. Yet, there is little evidence to determine the efficacy and safety of antidepressants to treat depression with concomitant frailty. To better underst...

    Authors: Laurie Mallery, Tanya MacLeod, Michael Allen, Pamela McLean-Veysey, Natasha Rodney-Cail, Evan Bezanson, Brian Steeves, Constance LeBlanc and Paige Moorhouse

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:306

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  3. Subjective memory complaint (SMCs) is a common trait amongst older population. The subjective cognition about their memory could depend on objective cognition. The aim of the current study was to examine the i...

    Authors: Soowon Park, Ji-Hye Lee, Jiyeon Lee, Youngsung Cho, Hyun Gyu Park, Yongjoon Yoo, Jung-Hae Youn, Seung-Ho Ryu, Jae Yeon Hwang, Jeongsim Kim and Jun-Young Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:294

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  4. Postoperative delirium (POD) is a common clinical syndrome with significant negative outcomes. Thus, we aimed to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a delirium screening tool and multidisciplinary de...

    Authors: Jung-Yeon Choi, Kwang-il Kim, Min-gu Kang, Young-Kyun Lee, Kyung-Hoi Koo, Joo Han Oh, Young Ho Park, Jeewon Suh, Nak-Hyun Kim, Hyun-Jung Yoo, Jahyun Koo, Hyun Mi Moon, Eun Hui Kim, Kayoung Park and Cheol-Ho Kim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:289

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  5. Given the theoretical and methodological limitations, there is insufficient knowledge about the psychometric properties and internal structure of quality of life (QOL) measurements for patients with dementia l...

    Authors: Eun-Young Park, Seon-Min Park and Jung-Hee Kim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:281

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  6. Older surgical patients are at high risk of developing postoperative delirium. Non-pharmacological strategies are recommended for delirium prevention, but no pharmacological agents have compelling evidence to ...

    Authors: Ashley M. Campbell, David Rhys Axon, Jennifer R. Martin, Marion K. Slack, Lea Mollon and Jeannie K. Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:272

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Despite the emphasis on holistic health promotion in community programs for older people, few studies explicitly consider how BioPsychoSocial (BPS) health elements are interconnected and function to improve Qu...

    Authors: Su Aw, Gerald C. H. Koh, Chuen Seng Tan, Mee Lian Wong, Hubertus J. M. Vrijhoef, Susana Concordo Harding, Mary Ann B. Geronimo and Zoe J. L. Hildon

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:254

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  8. Mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia progressively compromise the ability of people to live independently and can have a negative impact on their quality of life. Within the current European Active and ...

    Authors: Jessica Marian Goodman-Casanova, José Guzmán-Parra, Gloria Guerrero, Elisa Vera, Pilar Barnestein-Fonseca, Gabriella Cortellessa, Francesca Fracasso, Alessandro Umbrico, Amedeo Cesta, Diana Toma, Flavia Boghiu, Rodolphe Dewarrat, Valentina Triantafyllidou, Elena Tamburini, Pietro Dionisio and Fermín Mayoral

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:247

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Evidence about the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to reduce the incidence of depression and anxiety and promote subjective well-being in older people is limited, particularly in Latin-American cou...

    Authors: Sandra Saldivia, Carolina Inostroza, Claudio Bustos, Paulina Rincón, Joseph Aslan, Vasily Bühring, Maryam Farhang, Michael King and Félix Cova

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:237

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. If technologies are to support aging in place, then it is important to develop fundamental knowledge on what causes stability and changes in the use of technologies by seniors. However, longitudinal studies on...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:236

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Depressive symptoms in old age are common, but the prevalence, persistence, and incidence of depressive symptoms in older adults with and without dementia receiving in-home care is less well studied, and descr...

    Authors: Anne-Sofie Helvik, Maria Lage Barca, Sverre Bergh, Jūratė Šaltytė-Benth, Øyvind Kirkevold and Tom Borza

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:231

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Sleep disorders in an ageing society constitute a significant public health problem. It is estimated that approximately 50% of people aged 55 years and older have trouble sleeping, including initiating and mai...

    Authors: Mateusz Cybulski, Lukasz Cybulski, Elzbieta Krajewska-Kulak, Magda Orzechowska, Urszula Cwalina and Krystyna Kowalczuk

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:225

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  13. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL), encompassing social, emotional, and physical wellbeing is an important clinical outcome of medical care, especially among geriatric patients. It is unclear which domains...

    Authors: Scott M. Dresden, Danielle M. McCarthy, Kirsten G. Engel and D. Mark Courtney

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:209

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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