The effects of social support and having a partner on sleep quality in dementia

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Objectives: This study aimed to determine the effects of social support and having a partner on sleep quality in the elderly patients with dementia. Methodology: This research was conducted on 1210 noninstitutionalized elderly Malaysian individuals with dementia. The effects of age, ethnicity, educational level, marital status, sex differences, social support, and having a partner on sleep quality were evaluated in the respondents. The multiple logistic regression analysis was used to predict the risk of sleep disturbances among the participants. Results: Approximately, 41% of the participants experienced sleep disruption. Further findings showed that ethnicity (odds ratio [OR] = 0.62), social support (OR = 1.35), marital status (OR = 2.21), educational level (OR = 0.65), and having a partner (OR = 0.45) significantly affected sleep quality (P < .05). Sex differences and age were unrelated predictors of sleep disturbances (P > .05). Conclusion: It was concluded that social isolation and being single increased sleep disruption among respondents, but having a partner and ethnic non-Malay decreased the rate of sleep problems. © The Author(s) 2012.

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Eshkoor, S. A., Hamid, T. A., Nudin, S. S. A. H., & Mun, C. Y. (2013). The effects of social support and having a partner on sleep quality in dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 28(3), 253–257. https://doi.org/10.1177/1533317513481098

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