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J Biosoc Sci. 2009 Jul;41(4):457-67. doi: 10.1017/S0021932008003003. Epub 2008 Jul 23.

Socioeconomic and demographic diversity in the health status of elderly people in a transitional society, Kerala, India.

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Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India.

Abstract

Kerala State in India is the most advanced in terms of demographic and epidemiological transition and has the highest proportion of elderly population. The study examines the socio-demographic correlates of health status of elderly persons in Kerala in terms of three components: perceived health status, physical mobility and morbidity level. Overall health status was measured by combining the above three components of health status. Data from the 60th National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) on Condition and Health Care of the Aged in Kerala in 2004 was used for the study. Significant socio-demographic differentials in health status were noted. While women report less morbidity, perceived well-being and physical mobility was better for men. This anomaly can be explained by variations in the components of socio-demographic factors. The findings call for urgent health care strategies for elderly persons in different socio-demographic groups in transitional Indian states like Kerala.

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10.1017/S0021932008003003
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