Examining the relationship between chronic pain and health related quality of life among older Canadian adults with disability
Zawaly, Kristina Alexandra
Introduction: The effects of chronic pain on health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) among older Canadian adults with disability was not well known. Study Objectives: This study was conducted to examine the relationship between chronic pain and HRQoL among older Canadian adults with disability aged 55+. Methods: This study was a secondary analysis of cross-sectional data from the 2006 Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS). Weighted data was used to examine the relationship between chronic pain and HRQoL using multivariate logistic regression techniques. Results: An estimated 68% of older Canadian adults with disability reported having chronic pain. Multivariate regression analysis confirmed a significant independent effect of chronic pain on self-reported HRQoL. Conclusion: Our results highlight the importance of pain assessment and management for older adults with disabilities in general and in particular among those with limited communication abilities.
Older Adults, Disability, Chronic Pain, Health-Related Quality of Life