Does more health care improve health among older adults? A longitudinal analysis

Ezra Golberstein, Jersey Liang, Ana Quiñones, Fredric D. Wolinsky

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Abstract

Objectives: This research assesses the association of health services use with subsequent physical health among older Americans, adjusting for the confounding between health care use and prior health. Method: Longitudinal data are from the Survey on Assets and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD). Linear and logistic regressions are used to model the linkages between medical care use and health outcomes, including self-rated health, functional limitations, and mortality. Results: There is limited evidence that increased health care use is correlated with improved subsequent health. Increased use of medical care is largely associated with poorer health outcomes. Moreover, there are no significant interaction effects of health care use and baseline health on Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, despite the existence of a significant but very small interaction effect on self-rated health. Conclusions: The findings have implications for the quality of care delivered by the American health care system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)888-906
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

Keywords

  • Health outcomes
  • Older Americans
  • Quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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