The Association of Neighborhood Medical Facilities with Aging in Place and Risk of Incident Myocardial Infarction

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  • Objectives: Aging in place (residential stability) is a desirable means of aging where adults remain in their homes, even when facing challenges that impair their capacity for self-care. Residential stability, especially following acute health challenges, depends on individual and community factors, possibly including proximity to medical facilities. Methods: We explored the association between the density of medical facilities around homes with risk of incident myocardial infarction (MI) and with aging in place following incident MI. Results: Densities of neighborhood pharmacies were not associated with aging in place or time to MI. High densities of neighborhood clinical care facilities were significantly associated with decreased residential stability. Discussion: The lack of significant associations between medical facility exposures and MI-related outcomes, coupled with prior findings, casts doubt on their salience and may indicate that other neighborhood features are more strongly associated with these outcomes.
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  • Brown JR; Hirsch JA; Judd SE; Hurvitz PM; Howard VJ; Safford M; Moore J; Lovasi GS
  • Start Page

  • 227
  • End Page

  • 236
  • Volume

  • 33
  • Issue

  • 3-4