J Korean Acad Nurs.  2010 Jun;40(3):400-410. 10.4040/jkan.2010.40.3.400.

Factors Affecting the Health-related Quality of Life According to Age in Vulnerable Aged Men

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Daegu Haanny University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. yeonhee@knu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to investigate the factors that influenced the health-related quality of life of young-old (65-74 yr) men, old-old (75-84 yr) men, and oldest-old (85 yr or above) men in vulnerable aged received home care from public health center.
METHODS
The participants for this study were 318 aged Korean men living in D city. The data was collected from August to October, 2009 using structured questionnaires. Chi-square, One way ANOVA, Duncan test, Pearson's Correlation Coefficient and multiple regression with the SPSS WIN 14.0 program were used to analyze the data.
RESULTS
There were statistically significant differences among young-old, old-old, and oldest-old men regarding the health-related quality of life, health promoting behavior, IADL (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living), rehabilitation, depression, and social support. The model including variables related to physical, psychological, and social aspects of life, explained variance of the health-related quality of life of aged men differently, such as 39.6% of young-old, 35.4% of old-old, and 47.0% of oldest-old. Finally, IADL and social support were predictors in explaining the level of health-related quality of life among vulnerable old men regardless of age.
CONCLUSION
Based on the findings of the study, nursing interventions should be developed to improve health-related quality of life of vulnerable aged men according to age differences.

Keyword

Aged; Men; Quality of life; Vulnerable populations
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