ERIC Number: ED243037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-19
Reference Count: N/A
Predictors of Self-Assessed Health among Elderly Post Hospitalization.
Lurie, Elinore; And Others
Self-assessment of health incorporates both objective and subjective elements into a general state with implications for health-related behavior. To examine the predictors of self-assessed health in an elderly, post-hospitalization population, 73 adults, 65 years of age or older, were asked to assess the status of the condition for which they were hospitalized, satisfaction with their progress, and overall health, just prior to hospital discharge and 2 months later. All patients were either hospitalized for heart disease or hip fractures or replacements, which required supportive care during recuperation. The primary caregivers were also interviewed 2 months after discharage. An analysis of the results showed that affect, socioeconomic status, and social support were predictive of self-assessed health. These elderly individuals assessed not only their ability to function, but the extent to which other services were necessary to them, the extent to which someone had to be involved as a caregiver and was committed and able, and the extent to which giving care strained or burdened that person. The extent to which services from all sources were planned, received, and considered sufficient by recipients was associated with their perceptions of their own health. The findings indicate that health is socially determined in part by the actions of others, and defined by one's perceptions of self and primary caregivers. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Div. of Family and Community Medicine.