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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

    Knowledge about long-term change in health related quality of life (HQoL) among older adults after hospitalization for treatment of depression has clinical relevance. The aim was firstly to describe the change...

    Authors: Anne-Sofie Helvik, Kirsten Corazzini, Geir Selbæk, Guro Hanevold Bjørkløf, Jerson Laks, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth, Truls Østbye and Knut Engedal

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:131

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  2. Content type: Research article

    This study assessed how family caregivers for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or dementia in Japan differed from non-caregivers in characteristics and health outcomes (i.e., comorbidities, health-relate...

    Authors: Amir Goren, William Montgomery, Kristin Kahle-Wrobleski, Tomomi Nakamura and Kaname Ueda

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:122

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as affective symptoms, psychosis, agitation, and apathy are common among nursing home patients with and without dementia. Treatment with one or more psychotropic drug is often w...

    Authors: Christine Gulla, Geir Selbaek, Elisabeth Flo, Reidun Kjome, Øyvind Kirkevold and Bettina S. Husebo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:115

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  4. Content type: Research article

    There has been a substantial number of systematic reviews of stress, coping and interventions for people with dementia and their caregivers. This paper provides a meta-review of this literature 1988-2014.

    Authors: K. J. Gilhooly, M. L. M. Gilhooly, M. P. Sullivan, A. McIntyre, L. Wilson, E. Harding, R. Woodbridge and S. Crutch

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:106

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Neuroimaging-biomarkers of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) allow an early diagnosis in preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The goal in this paper was to review of biomarkers for Mild Cognitive Impa...

    Authors: Qingwei Ruan, Grazia D’Onofrio, Daniele Sancarlo, Zhijun Bao, Antonio Greco and Zhuowei Yu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:104

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Self-management is important for family caregivers of people with dementia, especially when they face changes in their relative’s behavior and mood, such as depression, apathy, anxiety, agitation and aggressio...

    Authors: Judith Huis in het Veld, Renate Verkaik, Berno van Meijel, Paul-Jeroen Verkade, Wendy Werkman, Cees Hertogh and Anneke Francke

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:95

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The burden on caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is associated with the patient’s functional status and may also be influenced by chronic comorbid medical conditions, such as diabetes. This post...

    Authors: Jeremie Lebrec, Haya Ascher-Svanum, Yun-Fei Chen, Catherine Reed, Kristin Kahle-Wrobleski, Ann Marie Hake, Joel Raskin, Ebrahim Naderali, Dara Schuster, Robert J. Heine and David M. Kendall

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:93

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Self-rated health (SRH) has in many population-based studies predicted adverse health outcomes, e.g. morbidity, permanent nursing home (NH) placement, and mortality. However, the predictive value of SRH to NH ...

    Authors: Anni Brit Sternhagen Nielsen, Volkert Siersma, Gunhild Waldemar and Frans Boch Waldorff

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:87

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Epidemiological predictions suggest that dementia will continue to rise and that this will have social and economic ramifications. Effective interventions, beyond pharmacological management are needed. Psychos...

    Authors: Bridget Johnston and Melanie Narayanasamy

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:77

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  10. Content type: Research article

    This research report presents findings on ‘start in life’ from a qualitative study of 90-year-olds from the Lothian Birth Cohort 1921. The study aimed to contextualise the LBC1921 cohort in time and place, des...

    Authors: Hilary Lapsley, Alison Pattie, John M. Starr and Ian J. Deary

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:74

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Delirium is a frequent, costly and morbid problem. No agent has been shown to modify the natural history of the condition, and current treatments have significant side effects. Prophylactic melatonin in low do...

    Authors: Daniel I. Clayton-Chubb and Peter W. Lange

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:54

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Evidence shows that living in small scale homelike Special Care Units (SCU) has positive effects on behavioural and psychological symptoms of patients with dementia. Effects on cognitive functioning in relatio...

    Authors: Jeroen S. Kok, Marieke J. G. van Heuvelen, Ina J. Berg and Erik J. A. Scherder

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:47

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Delirium is a common condition in hospitalized seniors that nonetheless often goes undetected by nurses or is delayed in being detected which negatively impacts quality of care and outcomes. We sought to devel...

    Authors: Richard W. Shulman, Saurabh Kalra and Joanne Zhuan Jiang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:44

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Valid estimates of health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) are often difficult to obtain from persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and family caregiver proxies. To help assess whether the general public can se...

    Authors: Mark Oremus, Feng Xie, Eleanor Pullenayegum and Kathryn Gaebel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:36

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  15. Content type: Research article

    To explore the perspectives of nursing home (NH) residents with diabetes and their doctors regarding the burdens of living with diabetes and diabetes treatments.

    Authors: Caroline Barnhart, Keelan McClymont, Alex K. Smith, Alvin Au-Yeung and Sei J. Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:28

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Good support from and positive relations with institutional staff can enhance the psychosocial wellbeing of residents admitted to a nursing home. Nursing assistants (NAs) interact most frequently with resident...

    Authors: Chi-chi Lung and Justina Yat Wa Liu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:13

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Despite their strong increase, the population of the very old, including near-centenarians and centenarians, represent an unstudied and underserved population. Available studies mostly concentrate on predictor...

    Authors: Daniela S. Jopp, Min-Kyung S. Park, Jonathan Lehrfeld and Michelle E. Paggi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:1

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Crossing a street can be a very difficult task for older pedestrians. With increased age and potential cognitive decline, older people take the decision to cross a street primarily based on vehicles’ distance,...

    Authors: G. A. Zito, D. Cazzoli, L. Scheffler, M. Jäger, R. M. Müri, U. P. Mosimann, T. Nyffeler, F. W. Mast and T. Nef

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:176

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Over half of the residents in long-term care have a diagnosis of dementia. Maintaining quality of life is important, as there is no cure for dementia. Quality of life may be used as a benchmark for caregiving,...

    Authors: Wendy Moyle, Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh, Melissa Greben and Elizabeth Beattie

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:50

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Pain, neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) and functional impairment are prevalent in patients with dementia and pain is hypothesized to be causal in both neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) and functional impairment. ...

    Authors: Annelore H van Dalen-Kok, Marjoleine JC Pieper, Margot WM de Waal, Albert Lukas, Bettina S Husebo and Wilco P Achterberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:49

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:109

  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Pain is a common problem in people with dementia, however the exact prevalence of pain in dementia subtypes, e.g. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Vascular Dementia (VaD), Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and dementia w...

    Authors: Janine van Kooten, Suzanne Delwel, Tarik T Binnekade, Martin Smalbrugge, Johannes C van der Wouden, Roberto SGM Perez, Didi Rhebergen, Wouter WA Zuurmond, Max L Stek, Frank Lobbezoo, Cees MPM Hertogh and Erik JA Scherder

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2015 15:29

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  22. Content type: Research article

    This paper reports a cluster analysis of a sample recruited from a randomized controlled trial that explored the effect of using a life story work approach to improve the psychological outcomes of older people...

    Authors: Claudia K Y Lai, Engle Angela Chan and Kenny C W Chin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:127

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Older persons’ right to exercise self-determination in daily life is supported by several laws. Research shows that older persons’ self-determination is not fully respected within the healthcare sector. In ord...

    Authors: Isabelle Ottenvall Hammar, Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff, Katarina Wilhelmson and Kajsa Eklund

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:126

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Because of the demographic change in industrial countries new technical solutions for the independent living of elderly will become important in the next years. Ambient Assisted Living seeks to address the upc...

    Authors: Christian Siegel, Andreas Hochgatterer and Thomas Ernst Dorner

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:112

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  25. Content type: Research article

    This paper has two objectives. Firstly, it provides an overview of the social network module, data collection procedures, and measurement of ego-centric and complete-network properties in the Korean Social Lif...

    Authors: Yoosik Youm, Edward O Laumann, Kenneth F Ferraro, Linda J Waite, Hyeon Chang Kim, Yeong-Ran Park, Sang Hui Chu, Won-tak Joo and Jin A Lee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:102

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The Engaging with older adults in the development of strategies for the self management of chronic pain (EOPIC) study aims to design and develop self management strategies to enable older adults to manage thei...

    Authors: Pat Schofield, Blair H Smith, Denis Martin, Derek Jones, Amanda Clarke, Paul McNamee, Ron Marsh, Michael Morrison, Rosemary Morrison, Sheena Fowler, Geraldine Anthony and Carrie Stewart

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:86

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Sexuality is a key component of quality of life and well-being and a need to express one’s sexuality continues into old age. Staff and families in residential aged care facilities often find expressions of sex...

    Authors: Michael Bauer, Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh, Laura Tarzia, Rhonda Nay and Elizabeth Beattie

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:82

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Late-life depression is common among elderly patients. Ignorance of the health problem, either because of under-diagnosis or under-treatment, causes additional medical cost and comorbidity. For a better health...

    Authors: Jui-Hung Lin, Min-Wei Huang, Deng-Wu Wang, Yi-Ming Chen, Chu-Sheng Lin, Yi-Jing Tang, Shu-Hui Yang and Hsien-Yuan Lane

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:77

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Hong Kong has one of the highest life expectancy rankings in the world. The number of centenarians and near-centenarians has been increasing locally and internationally. The relative growth of this population ...

    Authors: Wai-Ching Paul Wong, Hi-Po Bobo Lau, Chun-Fong Noel Kwok, Yee-Man Angela Leung, Man-Yee Grace Chan, Wai-Man Chan and Siu-Lan Karen Cheung

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:63

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Cognitive function, psychosocial wellbeing and health are important domains of function. Consistencies and inconsistencies in patterns of wellbeing across these domains may be informative about wellbeing in ol...

    Authors: Andrea R Zammit, John M Starr, Wendy Johnson and Ian J Deary

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:53

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  31. Content type: Research article

    This paper aimed to develop a short version of the 32-item Ageing Perceptions Questionnaire (APQ), a multi-dimensional measure based on Leventhal's self-regulation model. Ageing perceptions are a key area of i...

    Authors: Eithne Sexton, Bellinda L King-Kallimanis, Karen Morgan and Hannah McGee

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:44

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  32. Content type: Research article

    There is growing evidence that Cognitive Simulation Therapy (CST) benefits cognition and quality of life of people with dementia, but little is known about the indirect effects of this intervention on family c...

    Authors: Elisa Aguirre, Zoe Hoare, Aimee Spector, Robert T Woods and Martin Orrell

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:31

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Subjective burden is a central variable describing the situation encountered by family caregivers. The 10-item short version of the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers (BSFC-short/BSFC-s) was developed to provi...

    Authors: Elmar Graessel, Hendrik Berth, Thomas Lichte and Hannes Grau

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:23

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The assessment of Health Related Quality of Life (HRQL) is important in people with dementia as it could influence their care and support plan. Many studies on dementia do not specifically set out to measure d...

    Authors: Jaime Perales, Theodore D Cosco, Blossom CM Stephan, Jane Fleming, Steven Martin, Josep Maria Haro and Carol Brayne

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:18

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The Quality and Outcomes Framework in the United Kingdom (UK) National Health Service previously highlighted case finding of depression amongst patients with diabetes or coronary heart disease. However, depres...

    Authors: Jane P Biddulph, Steve Iliffe, Kalpa Kharicha, Danielle Harari, Cameron Swift, Gerhard Gillmann and Andreas E Stuck

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:5

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Tailored psychosocial activity-based interventions have been shown to improve mood, behaviour and quality of life for nursing home residents. Occupational therapist delivered activity programs have shown benef...

    Authors: Lee-Fay Low, Jess R Baker, Yun-Hee Jeon, Cameron Camp, Maggie Haertsch and Margaret Skropeta

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:124

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Hope is a psychosocial resource that is essential for the psychological, spiritual, and physical well-being of family members caring for persons with dementia. A significant positive relationship has been foun...

    Authors: Wendy Duggleby, Dawn Schroeder and Cheryl Nekolaichuk

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:112

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  38. Content type: Study protocol

    Behavioral symptoms accompanying dementia are associated with increased health care costs, reduced quality of life and daily functioning, heightened family caregiver burden, and nursing home placement. Standar...

    Authors: Laura N Gitlin, William C Mann, W Bruce Vogel and Paul B Arthur

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:96

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The high occurrence and under-treatment of clinical depression and behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) within aged care settings is concerning, yet training programs aimed at improving the...

    Authors: Marita P McCabe, David Mellor, Tanya E Davison, Gery Karantzas, Kathryn von Treuer and Daniel W O’Connor

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:95

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  40. Content type: Research article

    It is important to understand the complex inter-relationship between depression and physical illness in order to plan and provide quality health care services for older persons and reduce suffering and early m...

    Authors: Joanna Atkins, Sharon L Naismith, Georgina M Luscombe and Ian B Hickie

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:30

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Over 50% of older adults experience chronic pain. Poorly managed pain threatens independent functioning, limits social activities and detrimentally affects emotional wellbeing. Yet, chronic pain is not fully u...

    Authors: Amanda Clarke, Geraldine Anthony, Denise Gray, Derek Jones, Paul McNamee, Patricia Schofield, Blair H Smith and Denis Martin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2012 12:78

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