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Determinants of health-related quality of life among older American Indians and Alaska Natives

TitleDeterminants of health-related quality of life among older American Indians and Alaska Natives
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGoins, R, John, R, Hennessy, CHagan, Denny, CH, Buchwald, D
JournalJournal of Applied GerontologyJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume25
Pagination73S-88S
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number0733-4648<br/>1552-4523
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2006-00878-006
Keywords*Aging, *Alaska Natives, *American Indians, *Health, *Quality of Life, Alaska Natives, health, quality of life, older adult, American Indians, Gerontology [2860], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), us
AbstractDuring the past decade, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has been recognized in both clinical and community health research as an important health outcome and a needed supplement to conventional health outcomes. The authors provide a profile of HRQoL and examine its determinants among American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 50 or older. Multivariate analyses of cross-sectional survey data from the 1996-1998 Centers for Disease Control Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System were conducted. Thirty-four percent of the sample reported fair or poor self-rated health. The mean number of poor health days in the past month ranged from 4 to 6 on different measures. Age, sex, education, annual household income, employment status, hypertension, and obesity were associated with aspects of HRQoL. Further research aimed at eliminating health disparities among this population should focus on identifying additional indicators of poor HRQoL and on understanding variables that mediate the relationship between disease and HRQoL. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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