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Shu-Hsi Ho
 
''A comparative assessment of emergency medicine between the widowers and widows among the elderly in Taiwan''
( 2015, Vol. 35 No.3 )
 
 
This paper explored the utilization of emergency medicine between the widowers and widows among the elderly in Taiwan. Subject data were obtained from the National Health Interview Survey in Taiwan, a study conducted in 2009 that encompassed observations 65 years of age and older. Chi-square test and logistic regressions were used to determine the utilization of emergency medicine between the widowers and widows. Main empirical results confirmed that the life satisfaction, economic status, self-reported health, functional limitation, and stroke significantly associated with utilization of emergency medicine for both widowers and widows. Nevertheless, diabetes significantly raised the utilization of emergency medicine for widows but not for widowers. Moreover, widowers were more likely to use emergency medicine than widows. Finally, the utilization of emergency medicine was strongly correlated with predisposing, enabling and need characteristics among the elderly widowhood.
 
 
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JEL: I1 - Health: General
 
Manuscript Received : Nov 15 2013 Manuscript Accepted : Aug 26 2015

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