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Suggested Citation:"Committee on Population." National Research Council. 2009. Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys: Beyond ADLs and IADLs: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12740.
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Suggested Citation:"Committee on Population." National Research Council. 2009. Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys: Beyond ADLs and IADLs: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12740.
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COMMITTEE ON POPULATION The Committee on Population was established by the National Re- search Council in 1983 to bring the knowledge and methods of the popu- lation sciences to bear on major issues of science and public policy. The committee’s work includes basic studies of fertility, health and mortality, and migration aimed at improving programs for the public health and welfare in the United States and developing countries. The committee also fosters communication among researchers in different disciplines and coun- tries and policy makers in government, international agencies, and private organizations. The work of the committee is made possible by funding from several government agencies and private foundations.

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Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys summarizes a workshop organized to draw upon recent advances to improve the measurement of physical and cognitive disability in population surveys of the elderly population. The book questions whether or not the measures of activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living used in many population surveys are sufficient as the primary survey-based indicators of late-life disability. If not, should they be refined or should they be supplemented by other measures of disability in surveys? If yes, in what ways should disability measures be changed or modified to produce population estimates of late-life disability and to monitor trends? The book also discusses what further research is needed to advance this effort.

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