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David Weir's Select Publications

Journal Articles

Levy, Helen, Peter A. Ubel, Amanda J. Dillard, David Weir, and Angela Fagerlin. 2014. "Health Numeracy: The Importance of Domain in Assessing Numeracy." Medical Decision Making, 34(1): 107-115. PMCID: PMC4106034. DOI. Abstract.

Barnes, Deborah E., Alexa S. Beiser, Anne Lee, Kenneth M. Langa, Alain Koyama, Sarah R. Preis, John Neuhaus, Ryan J. McCammon, Kristine Yaffe, Sudha Seshadri, Mary N. Haan, and David Weir. Online Access 2014. "Development and validation of a brief dementia screening indicator for primary care." Alzheimer's & Dementia, . DOI. Abstract.

Weir, David, and Others. 2013. "GWAS of 126,559 Individuals Identifies Genetic Variants Associated with Educational Attainment." Science, 340(6139): 1467-1471. PMCID: PMC3751588. DOI.

Weir, David, and Others. 2013. "Genome-wide Association Analysis of Blood-Pressure Traits in African-Ancestry Individuals Reveals Common Associated Genes in African and Non-African Populations." American Journal of Human Genetics, 93(3): 545-554. PMCID: PMC3769920. DOI. Abstract.

Sakshaug, Joseph, Mick P. Couper, Mary Beth Ofstedal, and David Weir. 2012. "Linking survey and administrative records: mechanisms of consent." Sociological Methods and Research, 41: 535-569. DOI. Abstract.

Clarke, Philippa J., V. Marshall, and David Weir. 2012. "Unexpected retirement from full time work after age 62: consequences for life satisfaction in older Americans." European Journal of Ageing, 9(3): 207-219. PMCID: PMC3805020. DOI. Abstract.

Duckworth, A., David Weir, E. Tsukayama, and D. Kwok. 2012. "Who does well in life? Conscientious adults excel in both objective and subjective success." Frontiers in Psychology, 3: 356. PMCID: PMC3498890. DOI. Abstract.

Naylor, M., J. Karlawish, S. Arnold, A. Khachaturian, Z. Khachaturian, V. Lee, M. Baumgart, S. Banerjee, C. Beck, K. Blennow, R. Brookmeyer, K. Brunden, K. Buckwalter, M. Comer, K. Covinsky, L. Feinberg, G. Frisoni, C. Green, R. Guimaraes, L. Gwyther, F. Hefti, M. Hutton, C. Kawas, D. Kent, L. Kuller, Kenneth M. Langa, R. Mahley, K. Maslow, C. Masters, D. Meier, P. Neumann, S. Paul, R. Petersen, M. Sager, M. Sano, D. Schenk, H. Soares, R. Sperling, S. Stahl, V. van Deerlin, Y. Stern, David Weir, D. Wolk, and J. Trojanowski. 2012. "Advancing Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, treatment, and care: recommendations from the Ware Invitational Summit." Alzheimer's & Dementia, 8(5): 445-52. PMCID: PMC3552530. DOI. Abstract.

Birnie, K., R. Cooper, R.M. Martin, D. Kuh, A.A. Sayer, B.E. Alvarado, A. Bayer, K. Christensen, S.I. Cho, C. Cooper, J. Corley, L. Craig, I.J. Deary, P. Demakakos, S. Ebrahim, J. Gallacher, A.J. Gow, D. Gunnell, S. Haas, T. Hemmingsson, H. Inskip, S.N. Jang, K. Noronha, M. Osler, A. Palloni, F. Rasmussen, B. Santos-Eggimann, J. Spagnoli, J. Starr, A. Steptoe, H. Syddall, P. Tynelius, David Weir, L.J. Whalley, M.V. Zunzunegui, Y. Ben-Shlomo, and R. Hardy. 2011. "Childhood Socioeconomic Position and Objectively Measured Physical Capability Levels in Adulthood: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Plos One, 6(1): 13. PMCID: PMC3027621. DOI. Abstract.

Weir, David, R.B. Wallace, Kenneth M. Langa, B.L. Plassman, R.S. Wilson, D.A. Bennett, R. Duara, D. Loewenstein, M. Ganguli, and M. Sano. 2011. "Reducing case ascertainment costs in US population studies of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive impairment-Part 1." Alzheimers & Dementia, 7(1): 94-109. PMCID: PMC3044596. DOI. Abstract.

Wilson, R.S., David Weir, S.E. Leurgans, D.A. Evans, L.E. Hebert, Kenneth M. Langa, B.L. Plassman, B.J. Small, and D.A. Bennett. 2011. "Sources of variability in estimates of the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in the United States." Alzheimers & Dementia, 7(1): 74-79. PMCID: PMC3145367. DOI. Abstract.

Ofstedal, Mary Beth, and David Weir. 2011. "Recruitment and Retention of Minority Participants in the Health and Retirement Study." Gerontologist, 51(suppl. 1): S8-S20. PMCID: PMC3106365. DOI. Abstract.

Goldman, Noreen, Cassio M. Turra, Luis Rosero-Bixby, David Weir, and Eileen Crimmins. 2011. "Do biological measures mediate the relationship between education and health: A comparative study." Social Science & Medicine, 72(2): 307-315. PMCID: PMC3039215. DOI. Abstract.

Nicholas, Lauren, Kenneth M. Langa, Theodore J. Iwashyna, and David Weir. 2011. "Regional Variation in the Association Between Advance Directives and End-of-Life Medicare Expenditures." Journal of the American Medical Association, 306(13): 1447-1453. PMCID: PMC3332047. DOI. Abstract.

Crimmins, E.M., J.K. Kim, Kenneth M. Langa, and David Weir. 2011. "Assessment of Cognition Using Surveys and Neuropsychological Assessment: The Health and Retirement Study and the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study." Journals of Gerontology Series B-Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66: 162-171. PMCID: PMC3165454. DOI. Abstract.

Plassman, B.L., Kenneth M. Langa, R. McCammon, Gwenith Fisher, G. Potter, James Burke, D. Steffens, N. Foster, B. Giordani, F. Unverzagt, K. Welsh-Bohmer, Steven Heeringa, David Weir, and R. Wallace. 2011. "Incidence of Dementia and Cognitive Impairment, Not Dementia in the United States." Annals of Neurology, 70(3): 418-426. PMCID: PMC313980. DOI. Abstract.

Weir, David, Jessica D. Faul, and Kenneth M. Langa. 2011. "Proxy interviews and bias in cognition measures due to non-response in longitudinal studies: a comparison of HRS and ELSA." Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 2(2): 170-184. Abstract.

Blaum, C., C.T. Cigolle, C. Boyd, J.L. Wolff, Z. Tian, Kenneth M. Langa, and David Weir. 2010. "Clinical complexity in middle-aged and older adults with diabetes: the Health and Retirement Study." Medical Care, 48(4): 327-34. PMCID: PMC3153504. DOI. Abstract.

Levy, Helen, and David Weir. 2010. "Take-up of Medicare Part D: Results From the Health and Retirement Study." Journals of Gerontology B Psychology Science Social Science, 65B(4): 492-501. DOI. Abstract.

Hauser, Robert M., and David Weir. 2010. "Recent Developments in Longitudinal Studies of Aging in the United States." Demography, 47(Suppl. S): S111-S130. DOI. Abstract.

Taylor, Donald H., Jr., Truls Ostbye, Kenneth M. Langa, David Weir, and Brenda L. Plassman. 2009. "The Accuracy of Medicare Claims as an Epidemiological Tool: The Case of Dementia Revisited." Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 17(4): 807-815. DOI. Abstract.

Langa, Kenneth M., D.J. Llewellyn, I.A. Lang, David Weir, R.B. Wallace, M.U. Kabeto, and F.A. Huppert. 2009. "Cognitive health among older adults in the United States and in England." BMC Geriatrics, 9: 23. PMCID: PMC2709651. DOI. Abstract.

Plassman, B.L., Kenneth M. Langa, G.G. Fisher, Steven Heeringa, David Weir, Mary Beth Ofstedal, J.R. Burke, M.D. Hurd, G.G. Potter, Willard Rodgers, D.C. Steffens, J.J. McArdle, Robert Willis, and R.B. Wallace. 2008. "Prevalence of cognitive impairment without dementia in the United States." Annals of Internal Medicine, 148(6): 427-434. PMCID: PMC2670458. Abstract.

Weir, David, and James P. Smith. 2007. "Do panel surveys really make people sick? A commentary on Wilson and Howell (60:11, 2005, 2623-2627)." Social Science and Medicine, 65(6): 1071-1077. DOI.

Heisler, Michele, Jessica Faul, Rodney Hayward, Kenneth M. Langa, Caroline Blaum, and David Weir. 2007. "Mechanisms for Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Glycemic Control in Middle-aged and Older Americans in the Health and Retirement Study." Archives of Internal Medicine, 167(17): 1853-1860. Abstract.

Heisler, Michele, I. Cole, David Weir, E.A. Kerr, and R.A. Hayward. 2007. "Does physician communication influence older patients' diabetes self-management and glycemic control? Results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)." Journals of Gerontology Series a-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 62(12): 1435-1442. Abstract.

Kerr, E.A., Michele Heisler, S.L. Krein, M. Kabeto, Kenneth M. Langa, David Weir, and J.D. Piette. 2007. "Beyond comorbidity counts: How do comorbidity type and severity influence diabetes patients' treatment priorities and self-management?" Journal of General Internal Medicine, 22(12): 1635-1640. PMCID: PMC2219819. DOI. Abstract.

Plassman, B.L., Kenneth M. Langa, G.G. Fisher, Steven Heeringa, David Weir, Mary Beth Ofstedal, J.R. Burke, M.D. Hurd, G.G. Potter, Willard Rodgers, D.C. Steffens, Robert Willis, and R.B. Wallace. 2007. "Prevalence of dementia in the united states: The aging, demographics, and memory study." Neuroepidemiology, 29(1-2): 125-132. PMCID: PMC2705925. DOI. Abstract.

Ness, J., D.J. Cirillo, David Weir, N.L. Nisly, and R.B. Wallace. 2005. "Use of complementary medicine in older Americans: Results from the Health and Retirement Study." Gerontologist, 45(4): 516-524. Abstract.

Langa, Kenneth M., B.L. Plassman, R.B. Wallace, A.R. Herzog, Steven Heeringa, Mary Beth Ofstedal, J.R. Burke, G.G. Fisher, N.H. Fultz, M.D. Hurd, G.G. Potter, W.L. Rodgers, D.C. Steffens, David Weir, and Robert Willis. 2005. "The aging, demographics, and memory study: Study design and methods." Neuroepidemiology, 25(4): 181-191. DOI. Abstract.

Langa, Kenneth M., E.B. Larson, R.B. Wallace, A. Mark Fendrick, N.L. Foster, M.U. Kabeto, David Weir, and Robert Willis. 2004. "Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenditures Among Older Americans With Dementia." Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, 18(2): 90-98. Abstract.

Sevak, Purvi Harendra, David Weir, and Robert Willis. 2004. "The Economic Consequence of a Husband's Death: Evidence from HRS and AHEAD." Social Security Bulletin, 65(3): 31-44.

Langa, Kenneth M., Sandeep Vijan, Rodney A. Hayward, Michael Chernew, Caroline S. Blaum, Mohammed U. Kabeto, David Weir, and Steven J. Katz. 2002. "Informal Caregiving for Diabetes and Diabetic Complications Among Elderly Americans." Journals of Gerontology Series B-Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 57(3): S177-S186. Abstract.


Weir, David. 2007. "Are Baby Boomers Living Well Longer?" In Redefining Retirement: How Will Boomers Fare? edited by B. Madrian, O. Mitchell, and B. Soldo. Ch. 5. Oxford University Press. Abstract.

Herzog, A. Regula, Robert Willis, and David Weir. 2004. "Research on aging." In A Telescope on Society: Survey Research and Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond edited by James S. House, et al.. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Other Reports

Weir, David, and Robert Willis. 2003. "Widowhood, Divorce and Loss of Health Insurance Among Near-Elderly Women: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study." MRRC WP 2003-040.