Special Issue "The 10th Anniversary of Healthcare—Quality of Life of Older People with Disability in the Community"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Community Care".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 129

Special Issue Editor

Faculty of Health, Sports and Social Work, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Interests: nursing; quality of life; gerontology; patient education; geriatric; nursing instrument development; geriatric assessment; geriatric psychiatry; medication adherence; aging research; elderly; questionnaire design
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the growing aging population worldwide, the number of older people living with a disability will increase. Many of these older people have the desire to live at home as long as possible. To make this possible, support from health and welfare professionals may be required. Community care, however, consists not only of professional care but also of informal care and care provided by volunteers. It is important that older people participate in society through community care and are not considered to be outsiders.

Ultimately, community care aims at maintaining or increasing quality of life. A frequently cited definition is developed by the World Health Organization: “individuals’ perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards, and concerns” [1]. Disability is associated with a lower quality of life in older people. Therefore, it is important that we gain more knowledge about the contribution of community care to the quality of life of older people with a disability, mental and/or physical. 

This Special Issue of the Community Care Section of Healthcare seeks commentaries, original research, short reports, and reviews on the quality of life of older people with a disability in the community. Contributions based on both quantitative and qualitative research can be submitted.


  1. World Health Organization. The World Health Organization Quality of Life assessment (WHOQOL): Position paper from the World Health Organization. Social Science & Medicine. 1995, 41, 103-1409.

Prof. Dr. Robbert Gobbens
Guest Editor

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  • community care
  • disability
  • older people
  • health support
  • professional care
  • informal care
  • care provided by volunteers
  • quality of life
  • mental health
  • physical health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: The influence of Social Support in PROMs in primary care patients with COPD: A Scoping Review
Authors: Antonia Aravantinou-Karlatou; Izolde Bouloukaki; Antonios Christodoulakis; Ioanna Tsiligianni
Affiliation: 1. Health Planning Unit, Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete, 71500 Heraklion, Greece. 2. General Practice and Public Health, Health Planning Unit, Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Crete, 71500 Heraklion, Greece.
Abstract: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a prevalent chronic disease with debilitating symptoms that have a significant impact on the quality of life of these patients. Psychosocial resources, particularly social support, have been strongly suggested to play a pivotal role in the management and slowing of the progression of other chronic diseases. However, there is a lack of consistent evidence for the relationship between perceived social support and self-rated health in patients with COPD. Therefore, a scoping review will be conducted to determine the size and nature of the evidence describing associations between social support and patients reported outcomes measures (PROMs) amongst patients with COPD in primary care settings.

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