Author(s): Quynh Thi Hong Ha, Trung Quang Vo *
A primary concern of elderly people quality of life (QOL) as many countries in the world are rapidly entering an aging society. In Vietnam, the number of studies, which showed relationships between QOL and characteristics of older persons are less. The objectives of this research are to explore situation of QOL among elderly people. Study was designed as a systematic review. Publications were searched via PubMed, Science Direct, and Google scholar databases between 2005 and 2015 with key word ‘quality of life’, ‘QOL’, ‘WHOQOL-OLD’, elderly, older, ‘Viet*’ with [Title/Abstract]. Publications were included if they presented QOL, elderly people, Vietnam context, and in English language. Articles of editorial, review or methodological articles were excluded. A total of 3000 publications searching QOL were identified, of which 6 met the inclusion criteria. In term of articles were published, the number of papers which were conducted in rural and urban of Vietnam are five and one study, respectively. In term of published articles, six studies had published between 2010 and 2014. Year of publication were in 2010 (n=3 studies, 50%), 2011 (n=1 study, 16.7%), and 2014 (n=2 studies, 33.3%). The questionnaire of instruments are consisted of EQ-5D, WHO-SAGE, WHOQOL-BREF, ADLs, and WHOQOL-OLD. The study also points out the factors affecting the QOL including age, gender, level of education, and condition enough income. Study indicated that QOL among elders in urban is higher than rural areas, and male is higher than female.