Relationship between medical burden, depression, and quality of life in psychogeriatric inpatients: implications for providers of pastoral care.

Katherine M. Piderman, Lauren F. Sontag, Jennifer Hsu, Maria I. Lapid

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

This study describes medical burden among individuals > or = 65 years hospitalized for depression in order to determine its associations with depression and quality of life (QOL) and thus provide suggestions for spiritual care providers. Using reliable, validated measures, the 45 participants who completed the study demonstrated moderate medical burden that was significantly associated with physical QOL but not with mental QOL or depression. Irrespective of the level of medical burden, subjects exhibited significant improvement of both depression and QOL during hospitalization. Results suggest that advocacy by spiritual care providers is essential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalThe journal of pastoral care & counseling : JPCC
Volume68
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Relationship between medical burden, depression, and quality of life in psychogeriatric inpatients: implications for providers of pastoral care.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this