Relationship between anxiety and quality of life in older mental health patients

Shanthi Sarma, Gerard J. Byrne

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This study aims to investigate the impact of anxiety on quality of life (QOL) in older people with mental disorders.


Forty patients from a district Older Persons Mental Health Service were assessed using the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI-5). They then completed the brief version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale (WHOQOL-BREF), Geriatric Anxiety Inventory and Geriatric Depression Scale.


Self-reported anxiety was significantly associated with reduced overall QOL on the WHOQOL-BREF. Anxiety was also associated with the psychological, social and environmental domains of the WHOQOL-BREF, but not with the physical health domain. Anxiety was correlated with more individual domains of QOL than depression.


Anxiety makes a significant contribution to self-rated QOL in older people with serious mental disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-204
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


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