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National health data and older American Indians and Alaska Natives

TitleNational health data and older American Indians and Alaska Natives
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRhoades, DA
JournalJournal of Applied GerontologyJournal of Applied Gerontology
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number0733-4648<br/>1552-4523
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2006-00878-002
Keywords*Aging, *Alaska Natives, *American Indians, *Health, Alaska natives, American Indians, national health data, older adults, Health & Mental Health Treatment & Prevention [3300], Human Male Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs) Aged (65 yrs & older), us
AbstractThe population of older American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) is growing rapidly, but few population-based reports of the health of older AI/ANs exist. The objective was to assess the representation of older AI/ANs in population based health data sets. Health- and aging-related population-based data sets were reviewed for inclusion of AI/AN adults. Data sets were identified using online searches of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research and the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging, and federal health care and research agencies. Unweighted sample sizes of AI/ANs were collected for each study by age group. Of 190 data sets reviewed, only 25 (13%) contained at least 100 AI/ANs ages 65 years or older, and less than 5% contained 500 or more. Older AI/ANs are underrepresented in national data sets. Concerted efforts to improve data collection regarding the health and health care needs of this population are needed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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