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Direct assessment of quality of life (QoL) of persons with dementia has largely been ignored due to logistical, conceptual and practical issues. This article presents a disease-specific conceptual framework of QoL for dementia. Based on this conceptualization, a 29-item instrument designed to assess QoL by direct interview with dementia patients was(More)
The fear of Alzheimer's disease for both patients and families is growing along with the increasing evidence of the disease itself. This study (N = 312) of the validity of the clock drawing test in screening patients with probable Alzheimer's disease was conducted in an active outpatient geriatric clinic. Clock drawings by patients with normal mental status(More)
AIMS The purpose of this study was to explore the burden and impact of non-severe nocturnal hypoglycaemic events (NSNHEs) on diabetes management, patient functioning and well-being in order to better understand the role that NSNHEs play in caring for persons with diabetes and facilitate optimal diabetes treatment management strategies. METHODS A 20-min(More)
People with dementia often have painful conditions that go unnoticed because of their communication problems. Signs of pain in this population may include agitation and observable behaviors associated with discomfort. Agitation, discomfort, and severity of dementia were evaluated in 33 Veterans Affairs nursing home patients using the Cohen-Mansfield(More)
  • M Brod
  • 1998
The impact of lower extremity ulcers on the quality of life (QoL) of patients with diabetes and their care givers was assessed in a series of focus groups. Fourteen patients with diabetes and lower extremity ulcers and 11 care givers participated in the focus groups. Semi-structured discussions identified the issues relating to four broad QoL domains and(More)
At an active outpatient geriatric program the gerontological team observed that Alzheimer patients appear to have fewer physical ailments than other elderly patients. To test this hypothesis, we reviewed a sample of 348 clinic patients. One hundred forty-three had a normal mental status; 75 had Alzheimer's disease as defined by DSM-III criteria; 139 had an(More)
Patients' (n = 101) experiences of Parkinson's disease (PD) were studied through structured interviews. Oblique factor analysis produced three moderately intercorrelated clusters of items reflecting reported severity of motoric, cognitive, and psychological problems, respectively. Scales formed from the factors were correlated with demographic,(More)
Although emigration from the former Soviet Union is dramatically increasing nationwide, little information has been reported on the medical problems of these emigrés. For older emigrés in particular, the medical realities of aging, in combination with cultural expectations, make the United States' medical system an arena where the stresses of emigration are(More)
Sense of control in the context of an uncontrollable chronic illness is explored by analyzing the impact of the patient's perceived control over symptoms (PCS) and perceived control over disease progression (PCDP) on patient and caregiver outcomes. PCS was significantly associated with patient well-being, caregiver well-being, and less caregiver burden. No(More)