Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 19, Issue 8, pp 875–878 | Cite as

Quality of preventive clinical services among caregivers in the health and retirement study

  • Catherine KimEmail author
  • Mohammed U. Kabeto
  • Robert B. Wallace
  • Kenneth M. Langa
Populations At Risk


We examined the association between caregiving for a spouse and preventive clinical services (self-reported influenza vaccination, cholesterol screening, mammography, Pap smear, and prostate cancer screening over 2 years and monthly self-breast exam) for the caregiver in a cross-sectional analysis of the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults aged ≥50 years (N=11,394). Spouses engaged in 0, 1–14, or ≥14 hours per week of caregiving. Each service was examined in logistic regression models adjusting for caregiver characteristics. After adjustment for covariates, there were no significant associations between spousal caregiving and likelihood of caregiver receipt of preventive services.

Key words

caregiving prevention mammography influenza cholesterol 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Kim
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mohammed U. Kabeto
    • 1
    • 4
  • Robert B. Wallace
    • 5
  • Kenneth M. Langa
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Received from the Division of General MedicineUniversity of MichiganUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of MichiganUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganUSA
  4. 4.Patient Safety Enhancement ProgramUniversity of Michigan Health SystemAnn Arbor
  5. 5.College of Public HealthUniversity of IowaIowa City
  6. 6.Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Practice Management and Outcomes ResearchAnn Arbor
  7. 7.Society for General Internal Medicine Collaborative Center for Research and Education in the Care of Older AdultsAnn Arbor

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