Disability Experience and Measurement

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Lois M. Verbrugge (U of M, PSC)

Monday, 5/18/2015.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 6050 ISR Thompson St

Top themes of international research on disability in the past two decades are discussed. They include disability onset, recovery, and persistence; disability trajectories; preclinical/subclinical disability; physical environment and disability; technology and disability; population disability trends; compression of disability; and disability among very old persons. Each theme is highlighted by a research example. Turning to measurement, I discuss traditional measures of disability, new longer and shorter measures, and composite ones like DFLE (disability-free life expectancy), noting their merits. Contemporary models of disablement are presented, ranging from images to formal theories. The lecture ends on how scientific research really helps medical/rehabilitation professionals, healthcare program staff, and policymakers reach goals of enhancing functional lives of individuals and populations.

This is the George Myers Lecture 2015, to be presented at the 27th meeting of the International Network on Health Expectancy and the Disability Process (REVES; Reseau Esperance de Vie en Sante), Singapore, 2-4 June 2015.


Dr. Verbrugge has been invited to speak at the George Myers Memorial Lecture at the REVES/Network on Health Expectancy meeting in Singapore, June 2015.

PSC Brown Bag seminars highlight recent research in population studies and serve as a focal point for building our research community.

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