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Health-related quality of life among old residents of nursing homes in Norway

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  • Jorunn Drageset RN PhD,

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    1. Associate professor, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bergen University College, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
      Jorunn Drageset, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bergen University College, Haugeveien 28, N-5005 Bergen, Norway. Email: jorunn.drageset@hib.no
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  • Gerd Karin Natvig RN PhD,

    1. Associate professor, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
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  • Geir Egil Eide MSc PhD,

    1. Associate professor, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen and Biostatistician, Centre for Clinical Research, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
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  • Margareth Bondevik RN PhD,

    1. Associate professor, Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
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  • Monica W Nortvedt RN PhD,

    1. Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bergen University College, Bergen, Norway
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  • Harald A Nygaard MD PhD

    1. Professor emeritus, NKS Olaviken Hospital for Old Age Psychiatry, Erdal, Norway
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Jorunn Drageset, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bergen University College, Haugeveien 28, N-5005 Bergen, Norway. Email: jorunn.drageset@hib.no

Abstract

This study examined the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of nursing home residents (≥ 65 years) using the Short-Form-36 Health Survey subscales and how these subscale scores are related to residents' sociodemographic and medical conditions. Residents 95–102 years old reported higher HRQOL than younger respondents. Those with more education reported higher HRQOL. Residents who reported hobbies or special interests had a higher HRQOL score on vitality and mental health variables. Finally, respondents with no comorbid illness scored highest on all HRQOL dimensions, and this was statistically significant for physical functioning and bodily pain. In conclusion, respondents generally reported highly limited physical functioning and slightly limited social functioning. To improve the situation of residents, more attention should be paid to the environment of nursing homes and residents' hobbies and special interests.

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