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Prescription Medication Use and Health-Related Quality of Life in Rural Elderly
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics (2007)
  • Kimberly K. Cleary, Eastern Washington University
  • Dana M. Howell, Eastern Kentucky University
Abstract
The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and prescription medication use among older adults living in a rural region of America. Forty-four people aged 65 and older participated. Each participant completed the SF-36®, v2™ and a demographic form. Participants had significantly lower physical component summary (PCS) scores compared to national norms, confirming established evidence that physical function declines with age. Results indicate that medication use did not have an effect on perceived HRQoL although participants reported taking fewer prescription medications than the national average for the elderly. doi:10.1300/J148v26n02_04
Keywords
  • Health-related quality of life,
  • elderly,
  • rural health,
  • medication use,
  • polypharmacy
Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
Kimberly K. Cleary and Dana M. Howell. "Prescription Medication Use and Health-Related Quality of Life in Rural Elderly" Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics Vol. 26 Iss. 2 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/danahowell/16/