Sarcopenia and health-related quality of life in turkish nursing home residents: A cross-sectional study


Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol.12, no.2, pp.42-46, 2017 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Title of Journal : Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Page Numbers: pp.42-46
  • Keywords: Aged, Nursing homes, Quality of life, Sarcopenia


© 2017, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. All rights reserved.Background. This study aimed to assess the association between sarcopenia and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among Turkish nursing home residents. Methods. Residents of a Turkish nursing home were assessed in terms of the Charlson Comorbidiy Index, number of drugs in use, self-reported duration of exercise per week, Mini-Mental State Examination, Geriatric Depression Scale–Short Form, Lawton instrumental activities of daily living, Mini Nutritional Assessment–Short Form, Short Form 36 Health Survey (for HRQoL), and sarcopenia status in terms of skeletal muscle mass, strength, and function. Results. 241 older nursing home residents were included. Of them, 93 (38.9%) were sarcopenic and had a lower skeletal muscle mass index, handgrip strength, and gait speed. Compared with non-sarcopenic participants, sarcopenic participants scored lower in all subscales of SF-36. Sarcopenia was independently associated with worse physical functioning (odds ratio [OR]=1.99, p=0.003) and worse mental health (OR=1.86, p=0.034). However, all significant associations were diminished after adjusting for duration of exercise. Conclusions. Sarcopenia was associated with worse physical functioning and mental health.