Perception of unmet basic needs as a predictor of mortality among community-dwelling older adults.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine whether, among older adults (>65 years), a perception that their basic needs are not being met increased mortality risk and whether this risk varied by race/ethnicity. METHODS: We used Cox proportional hazards modeling to estimate the effect of perceived inadequacy in having one's basic needs (adequacy of income, quality of housing, and neighborhood safety) met on 10-year mortality rates. RESULTS: After control for age, gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, education, income, and cognitive and functional status at baseline, perceived inadequacy in having one's basic needs met was shown to be a significant predictor of mortality (P<.0001), but no significant differences by race/ethnicity were observed. CONCLUSIONS: Perceived inadequacy in having one's basic needs met predicted mortality during a 10-year follow-up among community-dwelling elderly persons.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blazer, DG; Sachs-Ericsson, N; Hybels, CF

Published Date

  • February 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 95 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 299 - 304

PubMed ID

  • 15671468

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1449170

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0090-0036

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/AJPH.2003.035576


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States