Satisfaction with aging and use of preventive health services.

TitleSatisfaction with aging and use of preventive health services.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKim, ES, Moored, KD, Giasson, HL, Smith, J
JournalPrev Med
Date Published2014 Dec
ISSN Number1096-0260
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Aging, Chronic disease, Female, Health Behavior, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Influenza Vaccines, Logistic Models, Male, Mammography, Middle Aged, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Patient Satisfaction, Personal Satisfaction, Preventive Health Services, Prostatic Neoplasms, Surveys and Questionnaires, United States, Vaginal Smears

OBJECTIVE: Preventive health service use is relatively low among older age groups. We hypothesized that aging satisfaction would be associated with increased use of preventive health services four years later.

METHOD: We conducted multiple logistic regression analyses on a sample of 6177 people from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative study of U.S. adults over the age of 50 (M age=70.6; women n=3648; men n=2529).

RESULTS: Aging satisfaction was not associated with obtaining flu shots. However, in fully-adjusted models, each standard deviation increase in aging satisfaction was associated with higher odds of reporting service use for cholesterol tests (OR=1.10, 95% CI=1.00-1.20). Further, women with higher aging satisfaction were more likely to obtain a mammogram/x-ray (OR=1.17, 95% CI=1.06-1.29) or Pap smear (OR=1.10, 95% CI=1.00-1.21). Among men, the odds of obtaining a prostate exam increased with higher aging satisfaction (OR=1.20 95% CI=1.09-1.34).

CONCLUSION: These results suggest that aging satisfaction potentially influences preventive health service use after age 50.


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Alternate JournalPrev Med
Citation Key8016
PubMed ID25240763
PubMed Central IDPMC4424793
Grant ListR01 AG040635 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01AG09740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States