A new method to assess perceived well-being among elderly people - a feasibility study

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dc.contributor.author Reijula, Jori -
dc.contributor.author Rosendahl, Toni -
dc.contributor.author Reijula, Kari -
dc.contributor.author Roilas, Paula -
dc.contributor.author Roilas, Heikki -
dc.contributor.author Sepponen, Raimo -
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-17T20:16:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-09 08:19:13 -
dc.date.available 2012-06-17T20:16:37Z
dc.date.issued 2009 -
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2318 -
dc.identifier.uri http://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/66276
dc.description BioMed Central Open access -
dc.description.abstract Background A simple but countable electronic device has been developed to gain reliable information on elderly patients' perceived well-being. The device has been tested and proven to be technically functional and countable. It was now tested in two care homes for the elderly and two private homes to evaluate if it provided solid information about the well-being of elderly persons. This report illustrates the practical usage of the device and shows its efficiency in gathering solid well-being information from the focus group. Methods The test arrangement was carried out by assigning a group of volunteers (n = 10) in care homes for the elderly for two weeks. The time period was long enough to collect a sufficient amount of information to evaluate the perceived well-being of the test subjects. Perceived well-being was assessed by using a Con-Dis device and by filling out an attached questionnaire - RAI - at the same time. RAI consisted of questions concerning mood, pain and quality of life. A standardised RAVA questionnaire with 12 questions concerning test subject's health was also answered once during the two-week time period by each test subject. After the test period the data obtained by Con-Dis was compared with the findings collected using questionnaires. Results A statistically significant correlation was found between perceived well-being (measured by Con-Dis) and questionnaire-based mood (r = 0,66, Pearson Correlation Coefficient) and quality of life (r = 0,68). No statistically significant correlation was found between perceived well-being and pain (r = 0,28). Technical functionality and feasibility of Con-Dis were good during the test period. Some problems arose because the test subjects were elderly and some in poor physical condition. Conclusion On the basis of the collected results, the Con-Dis device presented information on the test subjects' perceived well-being that appeared to correlate with certain aspects of their health status. The test subjects' mood and quality of life but not pain had a statistically significant association with the perceived well-being level measured by Con-Dis. -
dc.language.iso en -
dc.title A new method to assess perceived well-being among elderly people - a feasibility study -
dc.type fi=Artikkeli aikakauslehdessä | en=Journal article| -
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:uta-3-538 -
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/1471-2318-9-55 -
dc.type.version fi=Kustantajan versio | en=Publisher's version| -
dc.subject.okm fi=Terveystiede | en=Health care science| -
dc.journal.title BMC Geriatrics -
dc.journal.volume 9 -
dc.journal.number 55 -
dc.journal.volumepagerange 1-7 -
dc.oldstats 58 -

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