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Primary care supply moderates the impact of diseases on self-perceptions of aging


Wurm, S and Wolff, JK and Schuz, B, Primary care supply moderates the impact of diseases on self-perceptions of aging, Psychology and Aging, 29, (2) pp. 351-358. ISSN 0882-7974 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1037/a0036248


Self-perceptions of aging, important indicators of successful aging, are closely linked to health. Previous research has mainly examined the role of individual factors on self-perceptions of aging, but health is partly dependent on contextual factors such as primary care supply. This study therefore examined whether the impact of diseases on self-perceptions of aging is buffered by primary care supply in the district, as it ensures sustained health care continuity. Nationally representative German survey data on health and self-perceptions of aging (N = 4,442, 40–85 years) were linked to primary care supply (general practitioner density in regional districts). Multilevel modeling shows that the impact of disease burden (multiple illnesses) was buffered by primary care supply: Disease burden was less strongly associated with negative self-perceptions of aging in districts with good primary health care supply. This underlines the importance of health care resources for successful aging.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:self-perceptions of aging, primary care supply, self-perceptions of aging, health, multimorbidity, multilevel modelling
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Schuz, B (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:92729
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-06-26
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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