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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Content type: Research article

    Pre-death grief (PDG) is a key challenge faced by caregivers of persons with dementia (PWD). Marwit-Meuser Caregiver Grief Inventory (MM-CGI) and its abbreviated MM-CGI-Short-Form (MM-CGI-SF) are among the few...

    Authors: Tau Ming Liew, Philip Yap, Nan Luo, Soo Boon Hia, Gerald Choon-Huat Koh and Bee Choo Tai

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:114

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are universal and associated with multiple negative outcomes. This pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluated the effect of using the WeCareAdvis...

    Authors: Helen C. Kales, Laura N. Gitlin, Barbara Stanislawski, H. Myra Kim, Katherine Marx, Molly Turnwald, Claire Chiang and Constantine G. Lyketsos

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:113

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  26. Content type: Research Article

    Psychotropic medications have been associated with many adverse outcomes in older people living in residential care. Home-like models of residential care may be preferable to traditional models of care and we ...

    Authors: Stephanie L. Harrison, Clare Bradley, Rachel Milte, Enwu Liu, Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell, Sarah N. Hilmer and Maria Crotty

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2018 18:60

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Despite the large literature analysing factors related to depression, several factors such as caregiving obligation and the interrelationships among the different variables relating to depression have been lit...

    Authors: Rafael del -Pino-Casado, Pedro A. Palomino-Moral, Maria del Mar Pastor-Bravo and Antonio Frías-Osuna

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:274

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Most research on multidimensional frailty focuses on deficits and risks of adverse outcomes. However, although some frail older people report a low quality of life (QoL), others still report a relatively high ...

    Authors: Anne van der Vorst, G. A. Rixt Zijlstra, Nico De Witte, Ruth G. M. Vogel, Jos M. G. A. Schols and Gertrudis I. J. M. Kempen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:251

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  29. Content type: Research Article

    Little is known about the general medicines management issues for people with dementia living in the community. This review has three aims: firstly to explore and evaluate the international literature on how p...

    Authors: Lydia Aston, Andrea Hilton, Tiago Moutela, Rachel Shaw and Ian Maidment

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:242

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  30. Content type: Research Article

    Our ageing society is putting tremendous strain on public health and welfare programs to meet the needs of ageing individuals. Promoting informal caregiving is one way for policymakers to reduce this burden. H...

    Authors: Silke F. Metzelthin, Ellen Verbakel, Marja Y. Veenstra, Job van Exel, Antonius W. Ambergen and Gertrudis I. J. M. Kempen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:232

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:192

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  32. Content type: Research Article

    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...

    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 2017 17:189

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    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 ...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:181

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  34. Content type: Research Article

    Despite the finding that involvement in activities is one of the most important needs of residents with dementia living in care homes, care facilities struggle to fulfill this need. Over the years, various fac...

    Authors: Dieneke Smit, Jacomine de Lange, Bernadette Willemse and Anne Margriet Pot

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:175

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  35. Content type: Research Article

    Unpaid, informal carers or caregivers play an important role in supporting people living with dementia but the role can be challenging and carers themselves may benefit from support. Alzheimer’s, dementia or m...

    Authors: Nan Greenwood, Raymond Smith, Farrukh Akhtar and Angela Richardson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:164

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  36. Content type: Research Article

    Many interventions aim to alleviate well-documented problems of malnutrition in residential care homes and improve residents’ health and wellbeing. Despite some positive findings, little is known about how and wh...

    Authors: Ross Watkins, Victoria A. Goodwin, Rebecca A. Abbott, Abi Hall and Mark Tarrant

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:141

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  37. Content type: Research Article

    In order to better understand people in demanding medical situations, an awareness of existential concerns is important. Studies performed over the last twenty years conclude that when dying and death come clo...

    Authors: Helena Larsson, Margareta Rämgård and Ingrid Bolmsjö

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:138

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  38. Content type: Research Article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:135

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  39. Content type: Research article

    To investigate risk factors associated with low subjective well-being (SWB) in men and women (≥65 years) separately with a special focus on emotional distress.

    Authors: Karoline Lukaschek, Anushiya Vanajan, Hamimatunnisa Johar, Nina Weiland and Karl-Heinz Ladwig

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:126

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:95

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  41. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:94

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:79

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  43. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:74

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