Purchase Print Copy

Add to Cart Paperback4 pages Free

Andrew Noymer's comment on an important limitation of Beckett's earlier research, "No one can adequately estimate what the health status of people out-of-sample is," prompted the authors to reanalyze NHANES I Epidemiologic Followup Study data using approaches that do not make use of projections of the health status of out-of-sample respondents. Having done the reanalysis, the authors stand by their conclusion that there is no evidence that mortality or sample selection produces the observed age-patterning of health inequities within the age groups they considered. If their findings reflect a real convergence in health inequalities that cannot be accounted for by mortality or sample selection, it may be possible to identify the factor(s) producing this convergence and apply this knowledge to reducing inequalities over the life span.

Originally published in: Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v. 42, no. 3, 2001, pp. 328-331.

This report is part of the RAND reprint series. The Reprint was a product of RAND from 1992 to 2011 that represented previously published journal articles, book chapters, and reports with the permission of the publisher. RAND reprints were formally reviewed in accordance with the publisher's editorial policy and compliant with RAND's rigorous quality assurance standards for quality and objectivity. For select current RAND journal articles, see External Publications.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.