International Psychogeriatrics


Quality of Life for People With Dementia Living in Residential and Nursing Home Care: The Impact of Performance on Activities of Daily Living, Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms, Language Skills, and Psychotropic Drugs

Clive Ballard a1, John O'Brien a1, Ian James a1, Pat Mynt a1, Marisa Lana a1, Dawn Potkins a1, Katharina Reichelt a1, Lesley Lee a1, Alan Swann a1 and Jane Fossey a2
a1 Institute for the Health of the Elderly, Wolfson Research Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
a2 Fulbrook Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, England, UK.

Article author query
ballard c   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
o'brien j   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
james i   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
mynt p   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
lana m   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
potkins d   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
reichelt k   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
lee l   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
swann a   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
fossey j   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 


Many people with dementia reside in care facilities. Little is known about how key parameters impact upon their quality of life (QOL). All 209 people with dementia in six facilities received a standardized assessment (Neuropsychiatric Inventory [NPI], Barthel Scale, psychotropic drugs). One hundred twelve residents were assessed using Dementia Care Mapping, an observational method for QOL indices. Lower performance on activities of daily living (reduced well-being [WB] r = +0.39, p < .0001; social withdrawal [SW] r = +0.42, p < .0001; engagement in activities [EA] r = +0.31, p = .001) and taking psychotropics (WB 2.5 vs. 3.2, t = .2.3, p = .02; SW 11.4% vs. 2.7%, t = 3.0, p = .004; EA 56.5% vs. 71.9%; t = 3.5, p = .001) were associated with reduced QOL, but symptoms from the NPI were not. More focused prescribing of psychotropics and better staff training are essential.

(Received May 5 2000)
(Accepted September 22 2000)