ERIC Number: ED216297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Use of Health Services by Women 65 Years of Age and Over; United States. Vital & Health Statistics. Data from the National Health Survey Series 13, No. 59.
Hing, Esther; Cypress, Beulah K.
As the American population increases, the health problems of older women will be of greater concern to health planners, because it is the elderly woman who most often survives to old age and has greater need of services. Data from the National Health Survey was used to determine characteristics, conditions, management, and outcomes of patients at physicians' offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. Results showed that ambulatory care in physicians' offices was most often sought by older women, generally for chronic, non-life-threatening conditions; their use of short stays at hospitals was only for acute illnesses. Minority women used medical services less often than white women but had longer lengths of hospital stays. This document contains numerous figures, tables, and appendices illustrating the statistical data and survey results. (JAC)
Descriptors: Females, Geriatrics, Health Needs, Health Services, Hospitals, Individual Characteristics, Medical Care Evaluation, Medical Services, Nursing Homes, Older Adults, Racial Differences, Sex Differences
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Health Statistics (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.