Socioeconomic gradients in mortality in the oldest old: a review.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_32473245B537
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Publication sub-type
Review (review): journal as complete as possible of one specific subject, written based on exhaustive analyses from published work.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Socioeconomic gradients in mortality in the oldest old: a review.
Journal
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Author(s)
Guilley Edith, Bopp Matthias, Faeh David, Paccaud Fred
ISSN
1872-6976[electronic]
ISSN-L
0167-4943[linking]
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2010
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
51
Number
3
Pages
e37-e40
Language
english
Abstract
This review aims at identifying gaps in knowledge on socioeconomic gradients in mortality in the oldest old. The authors review literature on oldest old population with a focus on unanswered questions: do socioeconomic status (SES) gradients in mortality persist after 80; does the magnitude of the gradient change as compared with younger populations; which socioeconomic/socio-demographic determinants should be used in this population with specific characteristics (e.g., with respect to sex ratio and household type)? Results are often inconsistent while conclusions drawn by selected studies are generally limited by the difficulty of disentangling the effects of age and cohort, and of generalizing results observed in preponderantly small, selected samples (which typically exclude institutionalized persons). Future research should explore the effects of socio-demographic indicators other than education and social class (e.g., marital status, loss of the partner) and adequately differentiate the social position of oldest old women. The authors recommend that research applies a life-course perspective combined with an interdisciplinary perspective to improve our understanding of the SES gradients in later life. Research is needed to elucidate which causal pathways depending on SES in younger age impact on mortality in higher ages up to oldest old.
Keywords
Aged, 80 and over , Health Status Indicators , Humans , Mortality/trends* , Social Class* , Socioeconomic Factors
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Web of science
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