Predicting Survival of Older Adults: Findings From a Biosocial Survey

Date & time

Sep 10, 2012, 12:00-1:00 pm EDT


Researchers frequently use statistical models that incorporate social and demographic covariates to predict survival. Based on data from a bisocial survey in Taiwan, I explore the extent to which mortality prediction improves with the inclusion in such models of non-standard biological and clinical parameters; measures of physical performance; and global health ratings made by interviewers and physicians. Some surprising results emerge.

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