Background: the factors that moderate decline in physical functioning as death approaches are understudied. This study aimed to assess death-related decline in global quality of life (QoL) and physical functioning and to test whether baseline QoL moderates terminal decline in physical functioning.Methods: four thousand six hundred and fifty-one decedents from the Women's Health Initiative Study (WHI) rated QoL and physical functioning each year throughout 5 years of follow-up.Results: both QoL and physical functioning showed a steeper decline as a function of years to death than as a function of chronological age. Moreover, decedents with higher QoL at baseline showed a less steep decline in physical functioning as death approached than those with lower QoL at baseline.Conclusion: although QoL strongly decreases across the terminal years, its beneficial influence on physical functioning is evident till the very end of life.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Age and Ageing|
|State||Published - 1 May 2015|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The WHI program is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health, US. Department
© The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Geriatrics Society. All rights reserved.
- Global quality of life
- Older people
- Physical functioning
- Terminal change
- Women's Health Initiative
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology