|Title||Population-level impact of loss on survivor mortality risk.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Allegra, JC, Ezeamama, AE, Simpson, C, Miles, T|
|Journal||Qual Life Res|
|Date Published||2015 Dec|
|Keywords||Bereavement, Female, Humans, Longevity, Male, Quality of Life, Risk, Survivors|
INTRODUCTION: The loss of a loved one adversely affects the bereaved.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using data from the 2010 and 2012 waves of Health and Retirement Study (HRS), we estimate the risk for death in a 2-year span after the loss of a parent, spouse, or child for adults aged 50 to 70 years.
CONCLUSION: A respondent with a loss was twice as likely to die when compared similarly aged persons with no loss (OR 2.32; 95 % CI 1.14, 5.30). Loss of either a parent (OR 1.93; 95 % CI 1.01, 4.07), or a child (OR 1.77; 95 % CI 1.08, 2.96) also increased respondent mortality. This elevated risk persists after adjustment for gender and other high-risk health conditions. Any physical activity reduces survivor death rates during this critical period by more than 85 %.
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|Alternate Journal||Qual Life Res|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC4615662|