Physical health impairment, functional impairment and depression among older adults
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living.
Depression -- epidemiology.
Depressive Disorder -- epidemiology.
AdvisorBadger, Terry A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to describe the relationship among physical health impairment, functional impairment and depression in community-dwelling older adults. Secondary data analysis was conducted to examine questions relating to study variables. A descriptive comparative design was used. A convenience sample of 80 older adults living in the community was used. Questionnaires were completed regarding demographic characteristics, functional status and depression. Participants were divided into two groups, (depressed and nondepressed), based on their depression scores. There were no significant differences between groups for demographic characteristics and chronic illnesses. There were significant differences found between groups for physical health impairment and functional impairment. Depression was a significant predictor of overall impaired functioning. When controlling for physical health impairment, a significant negative relationship was found between depression and activity of daily living performance. The findings of this study have important implications for nursing practice.
Degree ProgramGraduate College