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International Measurement of DisabilityInternational Comparisons of Disability Prevalence Estimates: Impact of Accounting or Not Accounting for the Institutionalized Population

International Measurement of Disability: International Comparisons of Disability Prevalence... [Population estimates of disability prevalence are mostly based on population surveys designed to cover a representative sample of the population living in private households; this excludes the relatively small share of the population living in collective households and institutions. Indeed, collecting harmonized information on both sections of the population is difficult and rarely done; private household surveys are usually considered to be representative of the population as a whole. Yet a non-negligible share of the population lives outside private households due to ill health or disability. Not accounting for them leads to an under-estimation of the level of disability in the population. In this study, we explore the scale of this under-estimation and the extent to which assumptions can be used to correct the estimates. In the first part, we use French data from a survey conducted on the population in both private households and in healthcare institutions. In the second part, we extend the exploration to the problem of international comparisons, using data for France, Italy and the Netherlands. We demonstrate the need to distinguish between healthcare and non-healthcare institutions as there are large variations across countries in the share (and the type) of the population living outside private households. We analyze how the various proposed assumptions affect the estimates obtained.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

International Measurement of DisabilityInternational Comparisons of Disability Prevalence Estimates: Impact of Accounting or Not Accounting for the Institutionalized Population

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
ISBN
978-3-319-28496-5
Pages
207 –229
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-28498-9_13
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Population estimates of disability prevalence are mostly based on population surveys designed to cover a representative sample of the population living in private households; this excludes the relatively small share of the population living in collective households and institutions. Indeed, collecting harmonized information on both sections of the population is difficult and rarely done; private household surveys are usually considered to be representative of the population as a whole. Yet a non-negligible share of the population lives outside private households due to ill health or disability. Not accounting for them leads to an under-estimation of the level of disability in the population. In this study, we explore the scale of this under-estimation and the extent to which assumptions can be used to correct the estimates. In the first part, we use French data from a survey conducted on the population in both private households and in healthcare institutions. In the second part, we extend the exploration to the problem of international comparisons, using data for France, Italy and the Netherlands. We demonstrate the need to distinguish between healthcare and non-healthcare institutions as there are large variations across countries in the share (and the type) of the population living outside private households. We analyze how the various proposed assumptions affect the estimates obtained.]

Published: Jun 15, 2016

Keywords: Institutionalized populations; Under-estimation of disability prevalence; Limits in survey coverage

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