Person-centered care and quality of life of patients with dementia in long-term care facilities

Seishi Terada, Etsuko Oshima, Osamu Yokota, Chikako Ikeda, Shigeto Nagao, Naoya Takeda, Ken Sasaki, Yosuke Uchitomi

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Good quality of life (QOL) is an important goal of dementia care. However, there have been few studies on the relationship of care characteristics to QOL of dementia patients in long-term care facilities. We developed a questionnaire evaluating person-centered care and used it to assess person-centered care and QOL of elderly patients with dementia in both geriatric health service facilities (GHSF) and hospitals. In GHSF, person-centered care scores were not correlated with cognitive or activities of daily living (ADL) functions, but were significantly correlated with four subscale scores on a quality of life questionnaire for dementia (QOL-D) after controlling the effect of age, cognitive function, and ADL scores. In contrast, in hospitals, person-centered care scores were significantly correlated with cognitive and ADL function. We found quite different patterns in the relationship of person-centered care scores to clinical characteristics. Dementia care characteristics and QOL of dementia patients are significantly interrelated, especially in GHSF. Improvement of dementia care standards might affect the QOL of dementia patients. We should pay more attention to the quality of dementia care and QOL of dementia patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatry research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 30 2013


  • Activities of daily living (ADL)
  • Cognitive function
  • Dementia
  • Person-centered care
  • Quality of life (QOL)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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