Between country variations in self-rated-health and associations with the quality of life of older people: evidence from the Global Ageing Survey

Khan, Hafiz T. A. and Raeside, Robert (2014) Between country variations in self-rated-health and associations with the quality of life of older people: evidence from the Global Ageing Survey. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 9 (4). pp. 923-949. ISSN 1871-2584

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Abstract

In social science and public health earlier research has persistently reported significant socio-economic inequalities in health, inequalities in the use of health care and self rated-health (SRH) among older adults. However, relatively little attention is paid to the link between SRH and the overall quality of life (QoL) of older adults. Utilising the data collected in the Global Ageing Survey (GLAS) 2006-07, the study explores the linkages between the self-rated-health and quality of life among older adults in 21 countries and territories in five major regions of the world. The QoL
was assessed by two survey instruments designed to capture
subjective as well as objective appraisals of individual quality of life. Both bivariate and multivariate analyses were performed to examine the influence of SRH on the QoL. The analyses reveal that there are health inequalities across different age cohorts and this remains consistent for all selected countries and territories. As expected the proportion reporting poor health increases with age in most countries. The net effect of health status on QoL has also been analysed subsequently in multivariate models using ordered
logistic regression analysis and is adjusted for two main
demographic variables - age and gender. Findings show that age plays an important role alongside with health on the overall quality of life. The study also reveals that females are found to be more likely to have been depressed compared to their male counterparts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 20 Nov 2014.
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 12631
Depositing User: Hafiz Khan
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 08:22
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2017 11:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/12631

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