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Health, Quality of Care and Quality of Life: A Case of Frail Older Adults

Chang-Ming Hsieh
Social Indicators Research
Vol. 94, No. 1 (Oct., 2009), pp. 61-73
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27734949
Page Count: 13
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Health, Quality of Care and Quality of Life: A Case of Frail Older Adults
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Abstract

This study explores the relationship between health, quality of care of geriatric case management and quality of life for the purpose of furthering the understanding of the relationship between quality of life and geriatric case management. Using survey data from a group of frail older adults, this study assesses the relative merit of two mediation hypotheses: one considering health as a mediator for quality of care of geriatric case management and quality of life, and the other considering quality of care of geriatric case management as a mediator for health and quality of life. The study findings show that quality of care of geriatric case management, measured by client satisfaction, was not a mediator between health and quality of life (measured by life satisfaction). There was a significant positive association between quality of care of geriatric case management and quality of life. Although the significant association between quality of care of geriatric case management and quality of life could not be mediated by either self-rated health or self-reported physical activity levels, it was completely mediated by health satisfaction. These findings provided preliminary empirical evidence to support a significant relationship between quality of care of geriatric case management and quality of life.

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