Health-related quality of life of older Native American primary care patients

Stephanie L. McFall, Teshia G. Arambula Solomon, David W. Smith

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The Dartmouth Primary Care COOP Charts are used to characterize the health-related quality of life of patients in five clinics operated by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. A profile of COOP scores for older Native American patients is presented, as well as the relationships of COOP scores with selected health-related and sociodemographic variables, a partial assessment of construct validity. Data are from a nonprobability sample of adult patients surveyed in 1995 and 1997. This article reports on 157 patients age 55 to 87. More limitations were reported in relation to physical function, bodily pain, and health perceptions. Fewer limitations were reported in social activities and social support. Correlations among COOP dimensions were similar to other studies of chronic disease patients. There was substantial, although partial, agreement between expected and observed relationships, particularly for the health variables. The easily administered COOP charts can improve communication across barriers of class, race, and generation to encourage better quality of care and quality of life for older Native American patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)692-714
Number of pages23
JournalResearch on Aging
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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