Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Objective: To test the validity of a common measure of health-related quality of life (Short-Form-36 [SF-36]) in cognitively healthy older adults living in rural and urban Costa Rica. Method: Confirmatory factor analysis was applied to SF-36 data collected in 250 older adults from San Jose and Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Results: The best fitting model for the SF-36 was an eight first-order factor structure. A high correlation between the Mental Component Summary and Physical Component Summary scores was found. Region differences indicated that rural dwellers perceive a poorer health-related quality of life compared with the urban group. Discussion: Costa Rican older adults perceived health as a unidimensional construct. Age and urbanity of older adult Costa Ricans should be appreciated when trying to measure self-reported physical and mental health. Cultural context of the individuals should be considered when studying health-related quality of life.
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Valdivieso-Mora, Esmeralda; Ivanisevic, Mirjana; Shaw, Leslie A.; Garnier-Villarreal, Mauricio; Green, Zachary D.; Salazar-Villanea, Monica; Moncada-Jimenez, Jose; and Johnson, David K., "Health-Related Quality of Life of Older Adults in Costa Rica as Measured by the Short-Form-36 Health Survey" (2018). College of Nursing Faculty Research and Publications. 602.
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