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Care of the older person
Comorbidity is a risk factor for poor quality of life in people with dementia
  1. Nicole Zhang
  1. Nursing, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Nicole Zhang, Nursing, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY 13820, USA; zhangn{at}

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Commentary on: Nelis SM, Wu YT, Matthews FE, et al. The impact of co-morbidity on the quality of life of people with dementia: findings from the IDEAL study. Age Ageing 2019;48:361–7. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afy155.

Implications for practice and research

  • In practice, nurses should begin to recognise comorbidity as a risk factor for decreased global wellness in people with dementia.

  • Further research could explore interventions to help to improve the quality of life (QoL) for people with dementia who have multimorbidity.


Dementia is an increasingly common health problem.1 Many individuals live with comorbidities and this is also true of those individuals with dementia. A recent editorial summarised the landscape of dementia and comorbidities through the following points: (1) comorbidities negatively influence QoL; (2) dementia …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.