Coping with chronic disease? Chronic disease and disability in elderly American population 1982-1999

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Coping with chronic disease? Chronic disease and disability in elderly American population 1982-1999

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dc.contributor.author Aranovich, Gabriel
dc.contributor.author Bhattacharya, Jay
dc.contributor.author Garber, Alan M
dc.contributor.author MaCurdy, Thomas E.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-28T19:48:59Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier Quick submit: 2013-12-21T21:11:15-05:00
dc.identifier.citation Aranovich, Gabriel, Jay Bhattacharya, Alan M. Garber, and Thomas E. MaCurdy. 2009. Coping with chronic disease? Chronic disease and disability in elderly American population 1982-1999. National Bureau of Economic Research. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0898-2937 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11595672
dc.description.abstract It is well known that disability rates among the American elderly have declined over the past decades. The cause of this decline is less well established. In this paper, we test one important possible explanation--that the decline in disability occurred because of chronic disease prevention efforts among the elderly. For this purpose we analyze data from the National Long Term Care Survey and from the National Health and Interview Survey. Our findings suggest that primary prevention, as reflected in decreased disease prevalence, was not responsible for advances made in elderly functioning between 1980 and 2000. We found a broad decline in less severe forms of disability that is unlikely to have resulted from improved disease management. Instead, these measured improvements in functioning may reflect environmental, technological, and/or socioeconomic changes. Improvements in the more severe forms of disability were modest and were restricted to those suffering from particular illnesses, which make improved and/or more aggressive management a plausible explanation and one that might increase costs should the trend persist. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher National Bureau of Economic Research Inc en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.3386/w14811 en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.nber.org/papers/w14811 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title Coping with chronic disease? Chronic disease and disability in elderly American population 1982-1999 en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2013-12-22T02:12:35Z
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.rights.holder Aranovich G; Bhattacharya J; Garber A; MaCurdy T
dc.relation.journal NBER Working Paper Series en_US
dash.depositing.author Garber, Alan M
dc.date.available 2014-01-28T19:48:59Z

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