Cross-National Morbidity Patterns

  • Mary McEniry


One piece of evidence for the merit of the conjecture regarding the unique cohorts of the 1930s–1960s is the comparison of morbidity patterns across countries and mortality regimes. There are two immediate questions based on the hypotheses: (1) Is the profile of older adults in low- and middle-income countries (and in particular the tip of the iceberg countries) worse than what is observed in developed countries, even after removing the potential effects of current disparities in standards of living?; and (2) Are current chronic health conditions closely associated with past individual history, including nutritional status, early experiences, illnesses, and deprivations experienced during early childhood? In answering these two questions another question arises: (3) What is the appropriate time period to make comparisons across countries which may be at very different points in their health transition?


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  • Mary McEniry
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  1. 1.Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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