Self-rated health and morbidity onset among late midlife U.S. adults.

TitleSelf-rated health and morbidity onset among late midlife U.S. adults.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLatham, K, Peek, CW
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date Published2013 Jan
ISSN Number1758-5368
KeywordsChronic disease, Cohort Studies, Female, Health Status, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Morbidity, Predictive Value of Tests, Self Concept, Self Report, United States

OBJECTIVES: Although self-rated health (SRH) is recognized as a strong and consistent predictor of mortality and functional health decline, there are relatively few studies examining SRH as a predictor of morbidity. This study examines the capacity of SRH to predict the onset of chronic disease among the late midlife population (ages 51-61 years).

METHOD: Utilizing the first 9 waves (1992-2008) of the Health and Retirement Study, event history analysis was used to estimate the effect of SRH on incidence of 6 major chronic diseases (coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, lung disease, arthritis, and cancer) among those who reported none of these conditions at baseline (N = 4,770).

RESULTS: SRH was a significant predictor of onset of any chronic condition and all specific chronic conditions excluding cancer. The effect was particularly pronounced for stroke.

DISCUSSION: This research provides the strongest and most comprehensive evidence to date of the relationship between SRH and incident morbidity.

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Middle age/Mortality/Chronic illnesses/Morbidity/Self assessed health/Chronic Disease/Stroke

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Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Citation Key7921
PubMed ID23197340
PubMed Central IDPMC3605944
Grant ListR24 HD041028 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
T32 AG000221 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States