The Quality of Life Study was an ambitious and complex project. The data collected also provided a body of information about the characteristics of people now being admitted to care homes and about the staff who care for them, as well as giving rise to a number of subsidiary analyses. As in the present study, depressed mood did not predict reduced survival in the Cohen-Mansfield study or in similar research carried out in residential homes in the Netherlands. A study measuring resident satisfaction with assisted living facilities found a high correlation between resident satisfaction and the Affect Balance Scale, suggesting that satisfaction may be a measure of psychological well-being rather than quality of care. The important findings are similar to those of a large scale retrospective study conducted over ten years with residents of an American nursing home. It was apparent that individuals admitted to nursing homes with lower levels of dependency were more likely to be self-funding.