Health-related quality of life in relation to mobility and fall risk in 85-year-old people: a population study in Sweden
2016 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779, Vol. 36, 1982-1997 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Optimal mobility is fundamental for healthy ageing and quality of life. This study is
part of a cross-sectional population-based study of 85-year-old people residing in
Linköping municipality, Sweden. The purpose was to describe 85-year-old peoples’
health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in relation to mobility and fall risk while adjusting
for gender and bodymass index. Data collection included a postal questionnaire, a
home visit and a reception visit. HRQoL was assessed with EQ-5D-3L, mobility with the
Timed Up and Go test (TUG) and fall risk with the Downton Fall Risk Index (DFRI).
All those who completed the DFRI, TUG and EQ-5D-3L were included in the present
study (N =327). Lower HRQoL was associated with longer time taken to complete
TUG and higher fall risk in both genders but not with body mass index. Women
had higher risk of falling, took a longer time to complete TUG and reported less
physical activity compared with men. Health-care professionals should address
mobility capacity and fall risk in order to maintain quality of life in elderly people.
This is of utmost importance, especially for elderly women because impaired mobility,
high risk of falling and occurrence of pain are common among women, and
related to lower HRQoL.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 36, 1982-1997 p.
Downton Fall Risk Index, Timed Up and Go, EQ5D, elderly, gender
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132113DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X15000896OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-132113DiVA: diva2:1037716