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Overall and health related quality of life among the oldest old in pain.

  • Ulf Jakobsson
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • Albert Westergren
Publishing year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 125-136
Publication/Series: Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

Objectives: To compare the oldest old (85 years and above) in pain with those with no pain across gender, regarding demographic data, living conditions, social network/support, walking/mobility problems, fatigue, sleeping problems, depressed mood and quality of life (QoL). The aim was also to test how these variables were related to QoL among the oldest old in pain. Methods: The study comprised 1622 people aged 85–105 years, of whom 47% reported pain. SF-12 and the LGC questionnaire were used to measure QoL. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to identify factors associated with QoL. Results: Functional limitations, fatigue, sleeping problem and depressed mood were significantly more prevalent and QoL was significantly lower among those in pain than those not in pain, and among women compared to men. These complaints, along with financial problems, living in sheltered housing and living alone, were associated with low QoL among those in pain. Conclusion: Pain is common among the oldest old and coexists with several other complaints that together negatively affect QoL. By identifying those in pain and coexisting factors, actions can be taken to contribute to QoL, also in late life.


  • Nursing
  • Human
  • Female
  • Aged
  • Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Sweden: epidemiology
  • 80 and over: statistics & numerical data
  • Comparative Study
  • Depression: etiology
  • Depression: psychology
  • Fatigue: etiology
  • Fatigue: psychology
  • 80 and over: psychology
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Pain: epidemiology
  • Pain: physiopathology
  • Pain: psychology
  • Quality of Life: psychology
  • Self Assessment (Psychology)
  • Sex Factors
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Sleep Disorders: etiology
  • Sleep Disorders: psychology
  • Support
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Age Factors


  • ISSN: 1573-2649
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions