Research Trends and Issues Recognized by Nurses Regarding Quality of Life Concepts and Measurements in Elderly Patients with Dementia: Dementia-specific QOL and Subjective QOL Mizue Suzuki 1 , Chieko Greiner 2 , Kaoru Ito 2 1Mie Prefectural College of Nursing 2Mie Prefectural College of Nursing Keyword: QOL , 認知症患者に特有のQOL , 主観的QOL , 認知症をもつ高齢者 , Quality of Life(QOL) , dementia-specific QOL , subjective QOL , elderly patients with dementia pp.247-258
Published Date 2006/8/1
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1681100071
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Within clinical medicine,the concept of Quality of Life(QOL) is valued as the quality index of an individual patient_s subjective satisfaction. However,conventional QOL measurements which were evaluated by proxy of patients with dementia were main QOL standard index in Japan. The purpose of this study was to describe commonly utilized QOL measurements and features,and specifically,of the QOL concept as applied to elderly persons with dementia,and,finally,to consider future trends in QOL research. The present paper discusses Lawton_s four factors,which together constitute the QOL concept: perceived quality of life,behavioral competence,objective environment and psychological well-being. The QOL concept as applied to advanced dementia incorporates three additional factors: medical issues,meaningful activity and psychotic symptoms. The differences and similarities between both these QOL concepts,as well as other QOL measures,are discussed in this study. Because most objective and subjective QOL concepts were developed in Europe and the United States,it is necessary to develop subjective QOL concepts and QOL measurements based on Japanese cultural norms for elderly Japanese patients with dementia.

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