Care preferences among middle-aged and older adults with chronic disease in Europe: Individual health care needs and national health care infrastructure

Christine A. Mair, Ana Quinones, Maha A. Pasha

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Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study is to expand knowledge of care options for aging populations cross-nationally by examining key individual-level and nation-level predictors of European middle-aged and older adults' preferences for care. Design and Methods: Drawing on data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, we analyze old age care preferences of a sample of 6, 469 adults aged 50 and older with chronic disease in 14 nations. Using multilevel modeling, we analyze associations between individual-level health care needs and nation-level health care infrastructure and preference for family-based (vs. state-based) personal care. Results: We find that middle-aged and older adults with chronic disease whose health limits their ability to perform paid work, who did not receive personal care from informal sources, and who live in nations with generous long-term care funding are less likely to prefer family-based care and more likely to prefer state-based care. Implications: We discuss these findings in light of financial risks in later life and the future role of specialized health support programs, such as long-term care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-701
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016



  • Caregiving-formal
  • Caregiving-informal
  • Health care policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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