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Research and Methods Briefs
Ethnic/Race Differences in the Attrition of Older American Survey Respondents: Implications for Health-Related Research
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011
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Health Services Research
Volume 47, Issue 1pt1, pages 241–254, February 2012
How to Cite
Zhivan, N. A., Ang, A., Amaro, H., Vega, W. A. and Markides, K. S. (2012), Ethnic/Race Differences in the Attrition of Older American Survey Respondents: Implications for Health-Related Research. Health Services Research, 47: 241–254. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01322.x
- Issue published online: 12 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2011
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- health status
To compare models of attrition across race/ethnic groups of aging populations and discuss implications for health-related research.
The Health and Retirement Study (1992–2008).
A competing risks model was estimated using a multinomial logit model when respondents faced competing types of risks, such as dying, being lost from the study, and nonresponse in some years for different groups of elderly. Key explanatory variables were foreign birth, health insurance, and health status.
Variables describing foreign birth, health insurance, and health status differed in their prediction of attrition across ethnic groups of aging populations.
Differences in the predictors of attrition across ethnic groups of elderly could potentially lead to biased estimates in health-related research using longitudinal data sources.