Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|March 2009||Coping with Chronic Disease? Chronic Disease and Disability in Elderly American Population 1982-1999|
with Jay Bhattacharya, Alan M. Garber, Thomas E. MaCurdy: w14811
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 functionin...
Published: Aranovich G, Bhattacharya J , Garber A, MaCurdy T, “Coping with Chronic Disease? Chronic Disease and Disability in Elderly American Population 1982 ‐ 1999,” Forum for Health Economics & Policy. 2009.