Subjective health-related quality of life of Chinese older persons with depression in Shanghai and Hong Kong: relationship to clinical factors, level of functioning and social support

Chan, Sally, Jia, Shoumei, Chiu, Helen, Chien, Wai-tong, Thompson, David R., Hu, Yan and Lam, Linda (2009) Subjective health-related quality of life of Chinese older persons with depression in Shanghai and Hong Kong: relationship to clinical factors, level of functioning and social support. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24 4: 355-362. doi:10.1002/gps.2129

Author Chan, Sally
Jia, Shoumei
Chiu, Helen
Chien, Wai-tong
Thompson, David R.
Hu, Yan
Lam, Linda
Title Subjective health-related quality of life of Chinese older persons with depression in Shanghai and Hong Kong: relationship to clinical factors, level of functioning and social support
Journal name International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-1166
Publication date 2009-04
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/gps.2129
Open Access Status
Volume 24
Issue 4
Start page 355
End page 362
Total pages 8
Editor Alastair Burns
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
111714 Mental Health
111702 Aged Health Care
920410 Mental Health
Formatted abstract
This study aimed to measure and compare the perceptions of HRQoL amongst Chinese older people with depression between Hong Kong and Shanghai and to explore the association of HRQoL with clinical factors, level of functioning and social support in the two sites.

Methods and Results.

A cross-sectional study was conducted with a convenience sample of 80 older people from Hong Kong and 71 from Shanghai with a diagnosis of depression. The results showed that both the Hong Kong and Shanghai groups had a poor perception of their HRQoL when compared with Caucasian populations. The Shanghai group had a significantly higher HRQoL perception than did the Hong Kong group. Physical health problems that affected functional abilities also influenced older people’s satisfaction with life. The severity of depression, number of medical conditions, functional abilities and satisfaction towards social support were predictors of HRQoL.


The high rate of depression in Hong Kong and Shanghai deserves attention. Older people with depression have both psychological and physical health care needs. This study provides insights for healthcare professionals to plan innovative and co-ordinated services that meet the various health care needs of older people with depression.
Keyword Health-related quality of life
clinical factors
level of functioning
social support
older people with depression
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