Satisfaction with aging and use of preventive health services

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Kim, Eric S., Kyle D. Moored, Hannah L. Giasson, and Jacqui Smith. 2014. "Satisfaction with aging and use of preventive health services." Preventive Medicine, 69: 176-180.

Using data from the HRS, this study analyzed a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults over the age of 50 to look at the relationship between their satisfaction with aging and the likelihood of using several preventive health services. The final analytic sample consisted of 6,177 HRS respondents who had completed a psycho-social questionnaire with five items on their feelings about getting older. In fully-adjusted models, each standard deviation increase in aging satisfaction was associated with higher odds of reporting service use for cholesterol tests. Among women, higher aging satisfaction increased likelihood of obtaining a mammogram/x-ray or Pap smear. Among men, the odds of obtaining a prostate exam increased with higher aging satisfaction.


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