Recent University of Alabama at Birmingham department of biostatistics graduate Dr. John P. Bentley, currently professor of pharmacy administration at the University of Mississippi, has been honored with the Outstanding Article of the Year Award from the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), which is “dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the science of health-related quality of life.” The award for “Functional Status, Life-Space Mobility and Quality of Life: A Longitudinal Mediation Analysis” was presented to Dr. Bentley at the ISOQOL twenty-first Annual Conference, held in October in Berlin, Germany. The research conducted by Dr. Bentley and his fellow researchers earned this distinction by being the first study to investigate over time the mediated relationships implied by the Wilson-Cleary model of patient outcomes.
In the award-winning study, the impact of functional status on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among older adults was examined, including tests of the mediation provided by life-space mobility. Results indicate that the longitudinal autoregressive models supported the mediating role of life-space mobility and suggested that this effect is larger for the mental component summary score than the physical component summary score of the SF-12. These results support a mediating role for life-space mobility in the relationship between functional status and HRQoL.
Co-investigators in the study—which was published in September 2013 in the journal Quality of Life Research—include Dr. Gerald McGwin, Jr., professor and vice chair in UAB’s department of epidemiology; Dr. Patricia L. Sawyer, associate professor, Dr. Cynthia J. Brown, associate professor, and Dr. Richard M. Allman, professor emeritus, in UAB’s division of gerontology, geriatrics, & palliative care; and Dr. David L. Roth, formerly a professor in UAB’s department of biostatistics and currently a professor in the division of gerontology and geriatric medicine and director of the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins University.
Journal article: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11136-012-0315-3