The Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly

The Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly

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This text provides a structured discussion, emphasizing principles and methods, of the public health and epidemiologic approach to the investigation of the health problems of older persons. The authors bring a wide variety of backgrounds to this text, including geriatrics, gerontology, sociology, survey research, and economics, as well as epidemiology and biostatistics. There is a synthesis of traditional health measures, such as morbidity and mortality, with more modern health indices such as functional status, social networks and support, medications use and mental and emotional conditions. The text will assist both practitioners and investigators in approaching the health problems of older persons in the community and population context. It is a uniquely comprehensive resource.
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  • Hardback | 398 pages
  • 160.27 x 242.82 x 28.96mm | 793.78g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • figures, diagrams
  • 0195061209
  • 9780195061208

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SECTION 1: INTERDISCIPLINARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDY OF THE ELDERLY: Wallace: Aging and disease: from laboratory to community; Fried & Wallace : The complexity of chronic illness in the elderly: from clinic to community; Kaplan et al: Risk factors and the study of prevention in the elderly: methodologic issues; SECTION II: ISSUES IN SURVEYING OLDER PERSONS: Colsher: Ethical issues in conducting surveys of the elderly; Freeman et al: Sampling strategies for studying older persons; Herzog & Rodgers: The use of survey methods in research on older Americans; Kohout: The pragmatics of field survey work among the elderly; Magaziner: The use of proxy respondents in health surveys of the aged; SECTION III: IMPORTANT MEASUREMENT THEMES IN THE ELDERLY: Colsher: Epidemiologic studies of cognitive function in the elderly: rationale, methods and findings; Guralnik & LaCroix: Assessing physical function in older populations; Branch: Epidemiologic methods for the study of health service use by older people; Berkman et al: Social networks and social support among the elderly: assessment issues; Tweed et al: Psychiatric epidemiology of elderly populations; Foley: Epidemiologic research in the nursing home population; Taeuber: Types and quality of data available on the elderly in the 1990 census; Harris & Kovar: Data sets for research in aging: the national center for health statistics; Havlik & Rosenberg: The quality and application of death records of older persons; Cartwright: Assessing income and resources of the elderly; Colsher: Epidemiologic studies of aging in historically understudied populations; Liang & Jay: Cross-cultural research on aging; SECTION IV: ANALYTIC ISSUES IN THE EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDY OF THE ELDERLY: Brock et al: Methodologic issues in a survey of the last days of life; Manton & Woodbury: Grade-of-membership analysis in the epidemiology of aging; Lemke & Drube: Issues in handling incomplete data in surveys of the elderly; Lachenbruch: Utility of logistic regression analysis in epidemiologic studies of the elderly.
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