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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: 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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