Self-perceptions may predict future health events for older people

Self-perceptions may predict future health events for older people

Self-perceptions may predict future health events for older people An older person’s perceptions about their health — known as health-related quality of life (HRQoL) — may predict their health in the future, new Monash research shows. Four studies led by researchers at the Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine found that self-perceptions of health were a valuable tool in helping to identify older adults at risk of death and adverse health events, and could assist doctors in patient care. In the latest study, researchers found older adults who reported a decline in physical aspects of quality of life over almost five years were 51% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease compared to those who reported high physical HRQoL. A consistently low physical HRQoL trajectory was associated with greater …
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