Press Release: Socioeconomic disparities may exist in “improvement” of care needs

Airi Amamiya, a visiting researcher, has published a press release on a paper published in BMC Public Health.

Possible socioeconomic disparities in the “improvement” of care needs
– Longer education is twice as likely to improve as shorter education – (PDF, in Japanese)

It is known that there is a possibility of improvement in the condition of the elderly even after they require long-term care. This study found that those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are less likely to improve their condition after needing care. This suggests that there is a socioeconomic disparity in the improvement of care needs. There is a need to focus on supporting those who are in a socioeconomically disadvantaged position.

Amemiya A, Kondo N, Saito J, Saito M, Takagi D, Haseda M, Tani Y, Kondo K. Socioeconomic status and improvement in functional ability among older adults in Japan: a longitudinal study. BMC Public Health. 2019 Feb 19;19(1):209. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-6531-9. PMID: 30782149; PMCID: PMC6381753.