Predicting Survival of Older Adults: Findings From a Biosocial Survey

Date & Time

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

Location

Institute for Social Research
426 Thompson Street Room 6050 Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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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