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    Nilsson, Jan
    et al.
    Red Cross University College of Nursing.
    Rana, A K M Masud
    Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    Luong, Duong Huy
    Health Strategy and Policy Institute (HSPI), Ministry of Health, Vietnam.
    Winblad, Bengt
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Kabir, Zarina Nahar
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Health-related quality of life in old age: a comparison between rural areas in Bangladesh and Vietnam.2012In: Asia-Pacific journal of public health, ISSN 1010-5395, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 610-619Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study compares health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and its determinants among older people (≥60 years) in rural Bangladesh and Vietnam. Cross-sectional studies among older people were conducted in Bangladesh (n = 1031) and Vietnam (n = 870). Data on HRQoL were collected using an instrument that includes 24 items distributed into 6 dimensions. Older people in Vietnam reported more favorable HRQoL outcomes than those in Bangladesh, reporting better HRQoL on physical, psychological, social, and financial dimensions. Hierarchical linear regression analyses show that advanced age, being a woman, belonging to a poor household, and reporting poor health were significantly associated with lower HRQoL scores in both Bangladesh and Vietnam. In Bangladesh, being illiterate was additionally associated with lower HRQoL scores. The results of this explorative study underline the importance of a cross-cultural understanding of HRQoL of older people and the influence of the socioecological context.

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