A large number of chronic conditions, including cancer, are associated uniquely with decrements in health utility. The cumulative effects of comorbid conditions have substantial impact on daily functioning and well-being of Medicare beneficiaries.
Older women who live in a lower socioeconomic status neighborhood are more likely to exhibit lower cognitive functioning than women who live in more affluent neighborhoods—regardless of their own education level or income.
Functional status has a dramatic impact on life expectancy. 75-year-olds without limitations can expect to live 5 years longer than those with limitations in performing daily activities and more than 1 year longer than those with limited mobility.
Sexual behavior among adolescents with HIV-positive mothers was less prevalent than among other adolescents, but was more likely to occur with adolescent alcohol use, lack of parental monitoring, and poorer physical functioning of HIV-positive mothers.
Examines financial implications of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hierarchical Condition Categories risk-adjustment model on Medicare payments for individuals with comorbid chronic conditions. Some payments were underpredicted.
Interest in using patient reported health status assessments as an outcome in clinical trials of therapies for HIV disease is increasing. This document presents such an assessment, the HIV-PARSE survey instrument.
This chapter discusses sampling goals and methods. An important feature of the MOS sampling strategy was the selection of patients for follow-up according to the tracer conditions: hypertension, diabetes, depression, and heart disease.
In the assessment of psychological distress and well-being, long considered a primary indicator of mental health, two historic issues, affective vs. somatic symptoms and negative vs. positive emotions, have already been resolved.