National surveys and the health and functioning of the elderly: The effects of design and content


Journal Article

The rapid growth of the U.S. elderly (age 65+) and oldest-old (age 85+) populations, combined with their high per capita acute health and long-term care (LTC) service needs, raises concerns about existing health care payment systems. Adapting and designing new types of health insurance and existing health policies require accurate data on the elderly’s health and functional characteristics. Strengths and weaknesses of five national health surveys in providing such data are evaluated. Methodological issues arising in surveying elderly populations and analyzing data from those surveys are discussed, with implications for designing private LTC insurance and for reducing future LTC service burden. © 1991 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Corder, LS; Manton, KG

Published Date

  • January 1, 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 86 / 414

Start / End Page

  • 513 - 525

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-274X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0162-1459

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01621459.1991.10475075

Citation Source

  • Scopus