Health inequalities among the elderly in western Europe

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Rueda S, Artazcoz L, Navarro V. Health inequalities among the elderly in western Europe. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2008; 62(6): 492-498. DOI 10.1136/jech.2006.059279
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dc.contributor.author Rueda Pozo, Silvia
dc.contributor.author Artazcoz Lazcano, Lucía
dc.contributor.author Navarro, Vicenç, 1937-
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-09T11:26:20Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-09T11:26:20Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Rueda S, Artazcoz L, Navarro V. Health inequalities among the elderly in western Europe. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2008; 62(6): 492-498. DOI 10.1136/jech.2006.059279
dc.identifier.issn 0143-005X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/16214
dc.description.abstract Background: This paper analyses gender inequalities in health status and in social determinants of health among the elderly in Western Europe. Methods: Data came from the first wave of the “Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe” (SHARE, 2004). For the purposes of this study a subsample of community-residing people aged 65-85 years with no paid work was selected (4218 men and 5007 women). Multiple logistic regression models separated by sex and adjusted for age and country were fitted. Results: Women were more likely to report poor health status, limitations in mobility and poor mental health. Whereas in both sexes educational attainment was associated with the three health indicators, household income was only related to poor self-rated health among women. The relationship between living arrangements and health differed by gender and was primarily associated with poor mental health. In both sexes, not living with the partner but living with other people and being the household head was related to poor mental health status (aOR=2.14; 95% CI=1.11-4.14 for men and aOR=1.75; 95% CI=1.12-2.72 for women). Additionally, women living with their partner and other(s) and those living alone were more likely to report poor mental health status (aOR=1.67; 95% CI=1.17-2.41 and aOR=1.58; 95% CI=1.26-1.97, respectively). Conclusions: Health inequalities persist among the elderly. Women have poorer health status than men and in both sexes the risk of poor health status increases among those with low educational attainment. Living arrangements are primarily associated with poor mental health status with patterns that differ by gender.
dc.description.sponsorship Study partially financed by a pre-doctoral grant of the Spanish Government to do my PhD at Pompeu Fabra University (AP2003-0816). The SHARE data collection has been primarily funded by the European Commission through the 5th framework programme (project QLK6-CT-2001-00360 in the thematic programme Quality of Life). Additional funding came from the US National Institute on Ageing (U01A609740-13S2, P01 AG005842, P01 AG005842, P01 AG08291, P30 AG12815, Y1-AG-4553-01 and OGHA 04-064).
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher BMJ Publishing Group
dc.rights (c) 2008 BMJ Publishing Group. This article has been accepted for publication in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The definitive copyedited, typeset version: Rueda S, Artazcoz L, Navarro V. Health inequalities among the elderly in western Europe. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 2008; 62(6): 492-498, is available online at: http://jech.bmj.com/
dc.subject.other Salut pública -- Aspectes socials -- Europa Occidental
dc.subject.other Igualtat -- Aspectes sanitaris -- Europa Occidental
dc.subject.other Vells -- Aspectes socials -- Europa Occidental
dc.title Health inequalities among the elderly in western Europe
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2006.059279
dc.subject.keyword Gender
dc.subject.keyword Inequalities
dc.subject.keyword Elderly
dc.subject.keyword Socioeconomic factors
dc.subject.keyword Living arrangements
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