Self-rated health among very old people in European countries: An explorative study in Latvia and Sweden

Harsche, Anne K., Schaap, Laura A., Iwarsson, Susanne, Horstmann, Vibeke and Tomsone, Signe (2015) Self-rated health among very old people in European countries: An explorative study in Latvia and Sweden. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, . doi:10.1177/2333721415598432


Author Harsche, Anne K.
Schaap, Laura A.
Iwarsson, Susanne
Horstmann, Vibeke
Tomsone, Signe
Title Self-rated health among very old people in European countries: An explorative study in Latvia and Sweden
Journal name Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2333-7214
Publication date 2015-08-03
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/2333721415598432
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 10
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To explore and gain insight into factors related to self-rated health (SRH) among very old people in two European countries.

Methods: The study was based on Latvian (n = 301) and Swedish (n = 397) data from the baseline of the Enabling Autonomy, Participation, and Well-Being in Old Age: The Home Environment as a Determinant for Healthy Ageing Survey Study. Besides descriptive statistics, ordinal regression analysis was used to analyze demographic, physical and mental health-related, functional and environmental factors related to SRH in each sample.

Results: In both samples, participants with worse perceived physical mobility and more symptoms were significantly more likely to have worse SRH. There were more diverse results regarding other factors in terms of opposite relations to SRH, comparing the two samples.

Discussion: Preventive measures and health care should focus on improving and supporting mobility and physical health among older people. Especially in countries with low scores on indicators of health such as Latvia, to minimize health inequalities. More attention should be paid to factors to improve the general health status of the population.
Keyword Perceived Health
Self assessed health
Fourth age
Eastern Europe
Health related factors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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