PS 08-18 A COMPARISON OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF CHINESE ELDERLY POPULATION WITH AND WITHOUT HYPERTENSION

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Abstract

Objective:

To compare the quality of life of Chinese elderly population with and without hypertension.

Design and Method:

This is a retrospective study. Data for these analyses came from the Beijing Longitudinal Study of Ageing. A sample of 1826 elderly people living in Beijing, China was investigated in 2004. Statistical sampling techniques included cluster, stratification, and random selection. All the individuals were divided into two groups: hypertension group (n = 1133) and normal blood pressure group (n = 693). Basic information, body health, mental heath, cognition, living ability and life satisfaction were collected by trained staff.

Results:

The quality of life of the elderly with hypertension was worse than those with normal blood pressure. The morbidity of chronic disease which related to hypertension got higher and the cognitive ability got worse with the course of hypertension. The morbidity of depression got higher and the living ability got worse as the rising of blood pressure.

Conclusions:

Our findings indicated that the quality of life was worse in elderly with hypertension in China, especially in those with long course and high blood pressure level. This suggests that effective public measures to improve the prevention and control of hypertension should be adopted in China.

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