Relationship between anxiety and quality of life in older mental health patients

Sarma, Shanthi I. and Byrne, Gerard J. (2014) Relationship between anxiety and quality of life in older mental health patients. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 33 3: 201-204. doi:10.1111/ajag.12102


Author Sarma, Shanthi I.
Byrne, Gerard J.
Title Relationship between anxiety and quality of life in older mental health patients
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Publication date 2014-09
Year available 2013
Sub-type Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12102
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 201
End page 204
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim: This study aims to investigate the impact of anxiety on quality of life (QOL) in older people with mental disorders.

Method: Forty patients from a district Older Persons Mental Health Service were assessed using the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI-5). They then completed the brief version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale (WHOQOL-BREF), Geriatric Anxiety Inventory and Geriatric Depression Scale.

Results: Self-reported anxiety was significantly associated with reduced overall QOL on the WHOQOL-BREF. Anxiety was also associated with the psychological, social and environmental domains of the WHOQOL-BREF, but not with the physical health domain. Anxiety was correlated with more individual domains of QOL than depression.

Conclusions: Anxiety makes a significant contribution to self-rated QOL in older people with serious mental disorders.
Keyword Aged
Anxiety disorder
Depressive disorder
Geriatric anxiety inventory
Older
Quality of life
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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