Predicting changes in the health-related quality of life of Chinese depressed older people

Chan, Sally, Chiu, Helen F.K., Chien, Wai-tong, Goggins, William, Thompson, David R., Lam,Linda and Hong, Benny (2009) Predicting changes in the health-related quality of life of Chinese depressed older people. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24 1: 41-47. doi:10.1002/gps.2068

Author Chan, Sally
Chiu, Helen F.K.
Chien, Wai-tong
Goggins, William
Thompson, David R.
Hong, Benny
Title Predicting changes in the health-related quality of life of Chinese depressed older people
Journal name International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1099-1166
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/gps.2068
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 47
Total pages 7
Editor Alistair Burns
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Language eng
Subject 321106 Aged Care Nursing
920209 Mental Health Services
110319 Psychiatry (incl. Psychotherapy)
Formatted abstract
To identify predictors of change in Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) among community dwelling Chinese older people with depression.

A community based prospective, longitudinal study was conducted in a regional psychiatric outpatient department. A convenience sample of 31 older people who were newly diagnosed with depression was recruited. Assessments were conducted at the first session of psychiatric consultation and again after 12 months. Measures included subjective perception of HRQoL, level of depression, number of medical conditions, activities of daily living, functional abilities, and social support.

The majority of participants had significant improvement in their HRQoL, level of depression, and general health conditions at 12-month follow-up. The ability of instrumental activity of daily living skills was a predictor of baseline HRQoL and changes in 12-month follow-up. Level of depression was also a predictor of changes in HRQoL over the 12-months period.


Treatment and interventions of depression were effective in improvement participants’ mental condition and their perceived HRQoL. Interventions to promote older people’s level of depression and their instrumental activity of daily living abilities could help to improve their perceived HRQoL. This study provides insight for healthcare professionals in planning innovative services to meet their health needs.
Keyword depression
chinese older people
longitudinal study
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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