Effectiveness of the Biography and Life Storybook for Nursing Home Residents: A Quasi-Experimental Study

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Apr 14;19(8):4749. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19084749.


There are currently limited studies that have examined the use of the biography and life storybook (BLSB) among the Asian older adult populations in the long-term care setting. This quasi-experimental study aimed to examine its impact on life satisfaction scores, depression, and quality of life among nursing home residents in Singapore. Two wards were assigned to either the intervention or control group. The intervention group was assigned to the BLSB intervention, which comprised eight nurse-facilitated structured sessions over three months and their usual daily activities, whereas the control group was assigned to the routine activities. A total of 74 nursing home residents completed the study, with 37 in each group. The BLSB intervention improved depression, quality of life, and life satisfaction for nursing home residents in Singapore, with significant results observed across all three outcomes over the 3-month period. The study findings support the use of BLSB as an effective reminiscence-based intervention for older adults in an Asian nursing home setting.

Keywords: biography; life storybook; long-term care; nursing home; quality of life; reminiscence.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Long-Term Care
  • Memory
  • Nursing Homes*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Singapore