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Kaplan RM, Fang Z, Kirby J
AHRQ Author: Kirby J
Educational attainment and health outcomes: data from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey.
This study explored the extent to which health care utilization and health risk-taking can explain the education-health gradient above and beyond what can be explained by previously examined mediators such as age, race, and poverty status. It found systematic graded relationships between educational attainment and health including, SF-12 PCS scores, self-rated health, and activity limitations. Education was associated with more office visits and outpatient visits and less risk tolerance.
Citation: Kaplan RM, Fang Z, Kirby J . Educational attainment and health outcomes: data from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey. Health Psychol 2017 Jun;36(6):598-608. doi: 10.1037/hea0000431.
Keywords: Education: Academic, Education, Health Status, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)