Do Regular Cholesterol Screenings Lead to Lower Cholesterol Levels and Better Health Behaviors for All? Spotlight on Middle-Aged and Older Adults in the United States.

TitleDo Regular Cholesterol Screenings Lead to Lower Cholesterol Levels and Better Health Behaviors for All? Spotlight on Middle-Aged and Older Adults in the United States.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsChoi, Y, Lee, HJung
JournalJ Aging Health
Volume29
Issue3
Pagination389-414
Date Published2017 Apr
ISSN Number1552-6887
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Cholesterol, Female, Health Behavior, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Preventive Health Services, United States
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study investigates how the causal effects of cholesterol screening differ by likelihood of using this preventive care service in terms of accessibility gaps and effects on health-related outcomes across groups with advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds.

METHOD: We use propensity score matching to analyze a nationally representative sample using data from 2008, 2010, and 2012 waves of the Health and Retirement Study ( N = 3,907).

RESULTS: We find that respondents who are least likely to get their cholesterol tested benefit most from the use of cholesterol screening when they do use it, while its effects are smallest for those who are most likely to use this service.

DISCUSSION: Understanding the heterogeneous effects of preventive health service has important policy implications, particularly in terms of how to maximize the public health benefits of preventive care.

URLhttp://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/26921271
DOI10.1177/0898264316635588
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Alternate JournalJ Aging Health
Citation Key6503
PubMed ID26921271