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Int J Epidemiol. 2005 Apr;34(2):443-51. Epub 2005 Jan 19.

Religious attendance as a predictor of survival in the EPESE cohorts.

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Division of Biostatistics, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, USA. eb51@columbia.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Interest has arisen in recent years in the relationship between religious involvement and health outcomes. Although most of the early literature consists of studies with methodological flaws, some recent well-conducted reports show that religious attendance is associated with reduced mortality in selected subgroups and populations.

METHODS:

In this study, we investigated the relationship between religious attendance and mortality using the 14,456 participants in the National Institute of Aging-funded 'Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly'.

RESULTS:

Our analyses show that after controlling for important prognostic factors, frequent religious attendance was associated with increased survival in the entire cohort [risk ratio (RR) = 0.78, 95% Confidence interval (CI) 0.70-0.88]. However, stratified analyses show that this association exists for only two of the four sites.

CONCLUSIONS:

We conclude that the association between religious attendance and survival is not robust and may depend upon unknown confounders and covariates.

PMID:
15659472
DOI:
10.1093/ije/dyh396
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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