Influencers on quality of life as reported by people living with dementia in long-term care: A descriptive exploratory approach

Moyle, Wendy, Fetherstonhaugh, Deirdre, Greben, Melissa, Beattie, Elizabeth and and the AusQoL group (2015) Influencers on quality of life as reported by people living with dementia in long-term care: A descriptive exploratory approach. BMC Geriatrics, 15 50: . doi:10.1186/s12877-015-0050-z

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Author Moyle, Wendy
Fetherstonhaugh, Deirdre
Greben, Melissa
Beattie, Elizabeth
and the AusQoL group
Title Influencers on quality of life as reported by people living with dementia in long-term care: A descriptive exploratory approach
Journal name BMC Geriatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2318
Publication date 2015-04-23
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/s12877-015-0050-z
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 15
Issue 50
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
Over half of the residents in long-term care have a diagnosis of dementia. Maintaining quality of life is important, as there is no cure for dementia. Quality of life may be used as a benchmark for caregiving, and can help to enhance respect for the person with dementia and to improve care provision. The purpose of this study was to describe quality of life as reported by people living with dementia in long-term care in terms of the influencers of, as well as the strategies needed, to improve quality of life.

Methods

A descriptive exploratory approach. A subsample of twelve residents across two Australian states from a national quantitative study on quality of life was interviewed. Data were analysed thematically from a realist perspective. The approach to the thematic analysis was inductive and data-driven.

Results
Three themes emerged in relation to influencers and strategies related to quality of life: (a) maintaining independence, (b) having something to do, and (c) the importance of social interaction.

Conclusions
The findings highlight the importance of understanding individual resident needs and consideration of the complexity of living in large group living situations, in particular in regard to resident decision-making.
Keyword Dementia
Quality of life
Long-term care
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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