This research examines the predictors of 2-year declines in physical and mental health for beneficiaries surveyed in the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (HOS). Regression results indicate that age, arthritis of the hip/knee, sciatica, and pulmonary diseases, comorbidity at baseline, and increased comorbidity between baseline and followup were predictors of decline in physical health; however, these account for very small amounts of variance. The number of newly diagnosed chronic conditions and depression predicted decline in mental health. Beneficiaries deceased at followup were of lower socioeconomic status, and had lower physical and mental health scores than the analytic sample.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||17|
|Journal||Health Care Financing Review|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy