Predictors of Perceived Health Status in Elderly Men and Women: The Cardiovascular Health Study

Richard Schulz, Maurice Mittelmark, Richard Kronmal, Joseph F. Polak, Calvin H. Hirsch, Pearl German, Jamila Bookwala

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Abstract

Baseline data on the perceived health status of participants (N = 5,201) in the Cardiovascular Health Study of the Elderly (CHS) are reported. The authors examined the predictive utility of health-related factors representing eight different domains, assessed gender differences in the prediction of perceived health, and tested a hypothesis regarding the role of known clinical conditions versus subclinical disease in predicting perceived health. Multivariate analyses showed that the majority of the explained variance in self-assessed health is accounted for by variables that fall into four general categories. Although gender differences were small, the analysis showed that the relative importance of several predictor variables did vary by gender.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-447
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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