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Older Adults (65+ years)

Cavlak U, Yagci N, Aslan UB, Ekici G. A new tool measuring health-related quality of life (HRQOL): The effects of musculoskeletal pain in a group of older Turkish people. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2009;49(2):298-303. Epub 2008 Dec 19. abstract

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Health Services Advisory Group. Medicare Health Outcomes Survey: 2004-2006 Cohort 7 Performance Measurement Report. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2007 (Aug):1–42. pdf [1.60MB]

Cheung CK, Wyman JF, Halcon LL. Use of complementary and alternative therapies in community-dwelling older adults. J Altern Complement Med 2007 Nov;13(9):997–1006. abstract

Freelove-Charton J, Bowles HR, Hooker S. Health-related quality of life by level of physical activity in arthritic older adults with and without activity limitations. J Phys Act Health 2007;4(4):481-494. abstract

Health Services Advisory Group. Medicare health outcomes survey: cohort 9 baseline data user’s guide. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 2007 (Oct):1-42. pdf [333KB]

Hope M, Ellis BH, Chinburapa V. Predictors of negative physical symptoms for Medicare managed care beneficiaries (abstract of presentation at 2007 American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007; 55(s1):S45. See

Jaglaln S, Cockerill R, Lemieux-Charles L, Chambers LW, Brazil K, Cohen C. Perceptions of the process of care among caregivers and care recipients in Dementia Care Networks. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias 2007;22(2):103–111. abstract

Martin LG, Schoeni RF, Freedman VA, Andreski P. Feeling better? Trends in general health status. J Gerontology--Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 2007;62:S11–S21. abstract

McGuire LC, Strine TW, Okoro CA, Ahluwalia IB, Ford ES. Modifiable characteristics of a healthy lifestyle in U.S. older adults with or without frequent mental distress: 2003 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2007;15(9):754–761. abstract

Neugaard B, Andresen EM, DeFries EL, Talley RC, Crews JE. Characteristics and health of caregivers and care recipients — North Carolina, 2005. MMWR 2007;56(21):529–532. abstract html pdf [406K]

Parker MG, Thorslund M. Health trends in the elderly population: getting better and getting worse. Gerontologist 2007;47(2):150–158. abstract

Skarupski KA, Mendes de Leon CF, Bienias JL, Scherr PA, Zack MM, Moriarty DG, Evans DA. Black-white differences in health-related quality of life among older adults. Qual Life Res 2007;16(2):287–296. Published online October 16, 2006. abstract

Sugiyama T, Thompson CW. Older people's health, outdoor activity and supportiveness of neighbourhood environments. Landscape and Urban Planning 2007 (Nov);83(2–3):168–175.

Choe JS, Kwon SO, Paik HY. Nutritional status and related factors of the elderly in longevity areas: III. Relation among self-rated health, health-related behaviors, and nutrient intake in rural elderly (Korean). Korean J Nutr 2006 Apr;39(3):286-298. abstract

Cockerill R, Jaglal S, Charles LL, Chambers L, Brazil K, Cohen C. A new instrument to assess caregivers' and care recipients' experiences with networks of dementia care. Dementia 2006;5(1):51–66. See

Goins RT, John R, Hennessy CH, Denny CH, Buchwald D. Determinants of health-related quality of life among older American Indians and Alaska Natives. J Applied Geront 2006;25(1 suppl):73S–88S. See html See PDF [89K]

Hawk C, Hyland JK, Rupert R, Colonvega M, Hall S. Assessment of balance and risk for falls in a sample of community-dwelling adults aged 65 and older. Chiropr Osteopat 2006;14:3. abstract See

Bertozzi N, Vitali P, Binkin N, Perra A, DArgenio P. "Quality of life" of the elderly population: a survey to evaluate elderly people's self -perceived health in 11 Italian regions (Argento Study, 2002)[Italian; English Abstract]. Ig Sanita Pubbl 2005;61(6):545–59. abstract

Bombard JM, Powell KE, Martin LM, Helmick CG, Wilson WH. Validity and reliability of self-reported arthritis—Georgia senior centers, 2000–2001. Am J Prev Med 2005;28(3):251–258. abstract

Heller DA, Gold CH, Ahern FH, Pringle KE, Brown TV, Glessner MR. Changes in elderly women's health-related quality of life following discontinuation of hormone replacement therapy. BMC Womens Health 2005;16:5–7. abstract html pdf [399K]

Keyes CL, Michalec B, Kobau R, Zahran H, Zack MM, Simoes EJ. Social support and health-related quality of life among older adults—Missouri, 2000. MMWR 2005;54(17):433–437. abstract html pdf [276K]

McCann JJ, Hebert LE, Li Y, Wolinsky FD, Gilley DW, Aggarwal NT, Miller JM, Evans DA. The effect of adult day care services on time to nursing home placement in older adults with Alzheimer's disease. Gerontologist 2005;45(6):754–763. abstract

Moriarty DG, Kobau R, Zack MM, Zahran HS. Tracking healthy days—a window on the health of older adults. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2005;2(3)A16:8. abstract html pdf [277K]

Brown DW, Balluz LS, Giles WH, Beckles GL, Moriarty DG, Ford ES, Mokdad AH. Diabetes mellitus and health-related quality of life among older adults. Findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Diabetes Res Clin Pract 2004;65(2):105–115. abstract

Dominick KL, Ahern FM, Gold CH, Heller DA. Health-related quality of life among older adults with arthritis. Health Qual Life Outcomes 2004;2:5. abstract html pdf [290K]

Dominick KL, Ahern FM, Gold CH, Heller DA. Health-related quality of life and health service use among older adults with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheum 2004 Jun 15;51(3):326-331. abstract

Jones N, Jones SL, Miller NA. The Medicare Health Outcomes Survey program: Overview, context, and near-term prospects. Health Qual Life Outcomes 2004, 2:33 doi:10.1186/1477-7525-2-33. abstract html pdf [284KB]

Keller HH. Nutrition and health-related quality of life in frail older adults. J Nutr Health Aging 2004;8(4):245–252. abstract

Keller HH, Ostbye T, Goy R. Nutritional risk predicts quality of life in elderly community-living Canadians. J Geront—Biol and Med Sci 2004;59(1):68–74. abstract

McCann JJ, Hebert LE, Bienias JL, Morris MC, Evans DA. Predictors of beginning and ending caregiving during a 3-year period in a biracial community population of older adults. Am J Public Health, 2004;94(10):1800–1818. abstract html

Strine TW, Greenlund KJ, Brown DW, Mokdad A, Balluz L. Characteristics of people aged 45 years or older with heart disease by frequent mental distress status, 2001. Prev Med 2004 Jul;39(1):191–196. abstract

Strine TW, Hootman JM, Okoro CA, Balluz LI, Moriarty DG, Owens MG, Mokdad AH. Frequent mental distress status among adults 45+ years of age with arthritis, 2001. Arthritis Care Res 2004;51(4):533–537. abstract

Vuong OM, Mardon R, Mierzejewski R, Moriarty DG. Measuring healthy days in older adults: Results from the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (presentation abstract). American Public Health Association 132nd Annual Meeting, Washington DC (November 6-10, 2004). See

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HRQOL measures can help track health as population ages. Health-Related Quality of Life, Part I [Internet]. Chronic Disease Notes and Reports 2003;16:1-36. pdf [407K]

Dominick KL, Ahern FM, Gold CH, Heller DA. Gender differences in nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory use among older adults with osteoarthritis. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2003;37,1566–1571. abstract html pdf [290K]

Dominick KL, Ahern FM, Gold CH, Heller DA. Health-related quality of life among older adults with activity-limiting health conditions. Journal of Mental Health and Aging 2003;9(1) 43–53.

Goins RT, Spencer SM, Krummel DA. Effect of obesity on health-related quality of life among Appalachian elderly. Southern Medical Journal 2003;96(6):553–557. abstract

Dominick KL, Ahern FM, Gold CH, Heller DA. Relationship of health-related quality of life to health care utilization and mortality among older adults. Aging Clin Exp Res 2002;14(6):499–508. abstract

Amarantos E, Martinez A, Dwyer J. Nutrition and quality of life in older adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2001;56A(Spec Iss 2):54–64. abstract

Brzenchek J, Ahern K, Dominick D, Heller C, Gold C, & Conway S. Self-reported health-related quality of life and health service utilization of Alzheimer's patients. Gerontologist 2001;41(S1):366–366.

Calsyn RJ, Winter JP. Predicting four types of service needs in older adults. Evaluation and Program Planning 2001;24(2):157–166. abstract

Conway S, Gold C, Dominick K, Ahern F, & Heller D. Mental health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measures as predictors of cardiac hospitalization (presentation abstract). 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Seattle, Washington (Mar 2001). abstract

Dugan E, Roberts CP, Cohen SJ, Preisser JS, Davis CC, Bland DR, Albertson E. Why older community-dwelling adults do not discuss urinary incontinence with their primary care physicians. J Am Geriatr Soc 2001;49(4):462-465. abstract

Kumar V, Acanfora MA, Hennessy CH, Kalache A. The health status of rural elders. J Rural Health 2001;17(4):328–331. abstract

Ôunpuu S, Chambers LW, Patterson C, Chan D, Yusuf S. Validity of the United States Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System's health-related quality of life survey tool in a group of older Canadians. Chronic Diseases in Canada 2001;22(3–4):93–101. abstract html

Albert SM. Change in BRFSS health status/HRQOL measures predicts volume of medical use: Results from the Harlem Men's Health Cohort (presentation abstract). 17th Annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Conference, Memphis, TN (Mar 2000).

Phillips B, Young T, Finn L, Asher K, Hening WA, Purvis C. Epidemiology of restless legs symptoms in adults. Arch Intern Med 2000;160(14):2137–2141. abstract html

Ahern F. Quality of life, medications, and health among the elderly (TS–213 Final report–Part I). Department of Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University; July 30, 1999.

Campbell VA, Crews JE, Moriarty DG, Zack MM, Blackman DK. Surveillance for sensory impairment, activity limitation, and health-related quality of life for older adults. MMWR Surveillance Summary 1999;48 (SS–8):131–156. abstract html pdf [1142K]

Dominick K, Gold C, Ahern F, & Heller D. Cardiac drug use & health-related quality of life among older men and women. The Gerontologist 1999;39(1):244. abstract

John R, Hennessy CH, Denny CH. Preventing chronic illness and disability among Native American elders. Serving Minority Elders in the 21st Century; Wykle M (Ed). Springer, 1999. abstract

Dugan E, Cohen SJ, Robinson D, Anderson R, Preisser J, Suggs P, Pearce K, Poehling U, McGann P. The quality of life of older adults with urinary incontinence: determining generic and condition-specific predictors. Quality of Life Research 1998;7(4):337–344. abstract

Schechter S, Beatty P, Willis, GB. Asking survey respondents about health status: judgment and response issues in Cognition, aging, and self-reports. Psychology Press, Philadelphia, PA, 1998; Chapter 13:265–283.

Arday DR, Arday SL, Bolen J, Rhodes L, Chin J, Minor P. Behavioral risk factor surveillance of aged Medicare beneficiaries, 1995. Health Care Financing Review 1997;18(4)105–123. abstract

Diwan S, Moriarty DG. A conceptual framework for identifying unmet health care needs of community dwelling elderly. J. Applied Geront. 1995;14(1)47–63. See

Diwan S. Unmet health needs and the quality of life of the elderly: development of a survey for states and communities (technical report). Atlanta: GA. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1994.

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