The Changing Use of Health Care Services Among Unmarried Older Women: 1969 - 1975

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Research report proposal presented to the Andrus Foundation on the changing use of health care services among unmarried older women from 1969 to 1975.

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Martin, Cora A. & Eve, Susan Brown June 17, 1980.

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Research report proposal presented to the Andrus Foundation on the changing use of health care services among unmarried older women from 1969 to 1975.

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Abstract: Unmarried older women are likely to be an especially vulnerable group among older Americans in terms of their ability to overcome barriers to the use of health care services. And, as one of the researchers discovered in the course of surveying the literature for a reader on the older woman to be brought out in June, too little is known about their health-related behavior. The purpose of this research is to identify the social and economic factors which create barriers for older women to the use of health care services, especially physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and mental institutions. Identification of these barriers is a prerequisite to social policy aimed at eliminating them, thereby increasing the capacity of older women to achieve and/or maintain their maximum health potential and, thus, their maximum independence, life satisfaction, and economic self-reliance. The objectives of this research are to determine how use of five health care services -- (1) physicians, (2) hospitals, (3) nursing homes, (4) mental institutions, and (5) free medical care -- changes over time with changes in the social, economic, and health factors of women as they go through retirement. Social and economic factors to be included in the analysis are age, marital status, education, race/ethnicity, occupation, residential mobility, income, financial assets, public and private health insurance, urban/rural residence, and perceived health status. The proposed project involves secondary analysis of survey data collected by the Social Security Administration as part of the Longitudinal Retirement History Survey (RHS) designed to study the retirement attitudes, plans, resources, and activities of older Americans. Approximately 2,000 noninstitutionalized, unmarried older women were included in this panel study. These women, who were between 58 and 63 years of age in 1969, have been reinterviewed at two-year intervals for the past ten years. The data for the survey years 1969, 1971, 1973, and 1975 will be used in this analysis. The data will be analyzed using multivariate time series regression analysis. The results of this research are expected to be relevant to public policy regarding health care among older women. They will be made available to those who can act on them by instituting new, or modifying existing, public and private policies to improve the use of health care services among older women. The implications of the research will also be of interest to organizations of individuals acting as advocates for older persons, social planners, those delivering health care to older women, and others. In order to reach this varied audience, a number of methods of disseminating the final research results are planned, including a final research report to the Andrus Foundation; a magazine article or articles summarizing the research and its implications to be submitted to Modern Maturity; presentation of papers at professional and scientific meetings which include policy-makers, such as the Gerontological Society and Western Gerontological Society; and the publication of articles in professional and scientific journals such as "The Gerontologist" and "Health and Human Behavior." It is too late to carry an article in the reader "The Older Woman: Lavender Rose or Gray Panther;" however, if a revision is done, an article based on this research will definitely be included.

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Martin, Cora A. & Eve, Susan Brown. The Changing Use of Health Care Services Among Unmarried Older Women: 1969 - 1975, report, June 17, 1980; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc488187/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.