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|Title: ||Volunteering is associated with increased survival in able-bodied participants of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing|
|Authors: ||Rogers, Nina Trivedy|
Taylor, Mark Steven
|Issue Date: ||2016|
|Publisher: ||©The Authors. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group|
|Citation: ||ROGERS, N.T. ...et al., 2016. Volunteering is associated with increased survival in able-bodied participants of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, In Press.|
|Abstract: ||Background: Volunteering has been linked to reduced mortality in older adults but the mechanisms explaining this effect remain unclear.
Objectives: To determine whether volunteering is associated with increased survival in participants of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and to examine whether differences in survival are modified by functional disabilities.
Methods: A multivariate Cox Proportional Hazards model was used to estimate the association of volunteering with survival over a period of 10.9 years in 10,324 participants, whilst controlling for selected confounders. To investigate effect modification by disability, the analyses were repeated in participants with and without self-reported functional disabilities.
Results: Volunteering was associated with a reduced probability of death from all-causes in univariate analyses (HR = 0.65, CI 0.58-0.73, P < 0.0001), but adjustment for covariates rendered this association non-significant (HR = 0.90, CI 0.79–1.01, P = 0.07). Able-bodied volunteers had significantly increased survival compared to able-bodied non-volunteers (HR = 0.81, 95% CI: 0.69 – 0.95, P = 0.009). There was no significant survival advantage among disabled volunteers, compared to disabled non-volunteers (HR = 1.06, CI 0.88–1.29, P = 0.53).
Conclusion: Volunteering is associated with reduced mortality in older adults in England, but this effect appears to be limited to volunteers who report no disabilities|
|Description: ||This is in closed access until it is published.|
|Sponsor: ||The work was supported by the National Institute on Aging in the United States (grants 2RO1AG7644-01A1 and 2RO1AG017644) and a consortium of UK government departments coordinated by the Office for National Statistics.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://jech.bmj.com/|
|Appears in Collections:||Closed Access (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)|
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