Relationship between interests and health-related quality of life in older people

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Abstract:

Objective: This study examined the relationship between interest responses and health-related quality of life in 324 healthy older Japanese people.

Method: Instruments used in this study included the Japanese Interest Checklist for the Elderly (JICE) containing six factors with 25 activities, and the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short Form Health Survey version 2 (SF-36v2). Spearman's rank correlation coefficient was used to test correlations between the three interest parameter scores (interest, current participation and future participation) of the JICE and SF-36v2 scores. Data were analysed for men and women separately to clarify gender-specific differences.

Results: Among women, the physical component score in the SF-36v2 correlated significantly and positively with all three interest parameter scores for all factors other than Entertainment Activities in the JICE. Among men, the mental component score in the SF-36v2 correlated significantly and positively with the scores of the three interest parameters for Activities of Daily Living, Pleasurable Outings and Cultural/Educational Activities factors in the JICE.

Conclusion: This study identified different correlations between interest responses in activities listed on the JICE and component scores on the SF-36v2 between men and women and demonstrated a new application of interest checklists in the physical domain of the occupational therapy.
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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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