Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Feature Article 

Quality of Life Among Older Adults With Osteoarthritis: An Explorative Study

Ulf Jakobsson, RN; Ingalill Rahm Hallberg, PhD, RNT

Abstract

Factors that explain the variance in quality of life among older adults with osteoarthritis were investigated. Individuals with osteoarthritis (n = 168) had more pain, functional limitations, and lower quality of life (physical component) than those without osteoarthritis (n = 246). No significant differences between the groups were found related to depressed mood and mental components of quality of life. Quality of life was associated with pain, functional limitations, and depressed mood in both groups. It is important to identify these problems when caring for older adults, and special attention should be given to individuals with osteoarthritis because of their higher degree of pain and functional limitations.

Abstract

Factors that explain the variance in quality of life among older adults with osteoarthritis were investigated. Individuals with osteoarthritis (n = 168) had more pain, functional limitations, and lower quality of life (physical component) than those without osteoarthritis (n = 246). No significant differences between the groups were found related to depressed mood and mental components of quality of life. Quality of life was associated with pain, functional limitations, and depressed mood in both groups. It is important to identify these problems when caring for older adults, and special attention should be given to individuals with osteoarthritis because of their higher degree of pain and functional limitations.

Authors

Mr. Jakobsson is a doctoral student and Dr. Hallberg is Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

The authors thank all of the respondents who participated in the study. They also thank Magdalena Andersson, Gunilla Borglin, Anna Ekwall, Ylva Hellström, Ann-Christine Janlöv, Karin Stenzelius, and Bibbi Thomé for assistance with the data collection; Per Nyberg for the statistical advice; and Alan Crozier for his revision of the English. This study was supported by grants from the Swedish Rheumatism Association, the Vårdal Foundation, and the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University.

Address correspondence to Ulf Jakobsson, RN, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, P.O. Box 157, SE-221 00, Lund, Sweden.

10.3928/00989134-20060801-08

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