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Joseph Burleson, Julie Robison

Field of Study

Public Health


Master of Public Health

Open Access

Open Access


This study investigated the effect of overactive bladder syndrome on the health-related quality of life of 32 residents (mean age 85.4) living in an assisted-living community, using widely-used and well-validated questionnaires (the OABSS and the SF-20, to assess overactive bladder and health-related quality of life, respectively). Approximately 31% of the study population satisfied the criteria for the diagnosis of overactive bladder syndrome. No significant correlation was found between the subjects’ scores on the overactive bladder and health related quality of life inventories. Nor was any association found between overactive bladder symptoms and the six component measures of the SF-20 (physical functioning, role functioning, social functioning, mental health, health perceptions, and pain). These results are consistent with the notion that living in an assisted-living community may maintain social support, autonomy, and independence in the face of real or anticipated physical decline, thus the negative effect of chronic health conditions on life-satisfaction. Such communities may thus promote gerotranscendence, the ability to redefine oneself based on a rational approach to physical and mental strengths and weaknesses, while diminishing preoccupation with health status.

Major Advisor

Jane Ungemack