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Role and function: Aspects of quality of life of older people in rural Bangladesh
Karolinska Intitutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences. Karolinska Intitutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Stockholm Gerontology Research Center, Sweden.
Karolinska Intitutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC, Dhaka, Bangladesh .
2005 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 363-374Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to explore the meaning of quality of life (QoL) for elderly people in a rural community in Bangladesh. Data were obtained through in-depth interviews with 11 elderly persons aged 63-86 years. Interview data were analysed using content analysis to determine the conceptual meaning of elderly peoples' experiences of QoL. Two major themes emerged from the data as being of utmost importance in QoL of elderly people in rural Bangladesh. These were: (i) having a role in the family and the community and (ii) being functional, both physically and economically. Results also showed that elderly people in rural Bangladesh prioritise being healthy, having a good social network, social support and a secure financial situation in order to have good QoL. This study is a step towards a better understanding of QoL experienced by the elderly people themselves in a rural Bangladeshi context.

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2005. Vol. 19, no 3, p. 363-374
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3646DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2004.07.006ISI: 000231516000006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-23644436302OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3646DiVA, id: diva2:116310
Available from: 2007-07-26 Created: 2007-07-26 Last updated: 2015-07-08Bibliographically approved

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