Health shocks and initiation of use of preventive services among older adults

TitleHealth shocks and initiation of use of preventive services among older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsNg, BPeng, Jensen, GA
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume37
Issue7
Pagination856-880
ISSN Number0733-4648
KeywordsHealth Shocks, Older Adults, Preventative Care, Preventative Medicine
Abstract

This article examines whether adverse changes to health or functioning serve as an impetus to begin using preventive services among older individuals with a history of non-use. Using data from the 1998-2008 Health and Retirement Study, the use of mammograms, pap smears, prostate cancer screenings, cholesterol checks, and flu shots is examined among 2,975 self-reported non-users of such services. Older women who experience a health shock are 1.86, 1.50, 1.79, and 1.46 times more likely to begin getting mammograms, pap smears, cholesterol checks, and flu shots, respectively. Older men who experience a health shock are 2.24, 2.72, and 1.64 times more likely to begin getting prostate cancer screenings, cholesterol checks, and flu shots, respectively. All of these results are statistically significant. Thus, older adults often improve their health behaviors after experiencing an adverse health event.

URLhttp://jag.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/0733464816657474
DOI10.1177/0733464816657474
Short TitleJournal of Applied Gerontology
Citation Key8472
PubMed ID27449258