Area variations in health: a spatial multilevel modeling approach.

  title={Area variations in health: a spatial multilevel modeling approach.},
  author={Mariana C. Arcaya and Mark E Brewster and Corwin M Zigler and S V Subramanian},
  journal={Health & place},
  volume={18 4},
Both space and membership in geographically-embedded administrative units can produce variations in health, resulting in geographic clusters of good and poor health. Despite important differences between these two types of dependence, one is easily mistaken for the other, and the possibility that both are at work is commonly ignored. We fit a series of hierarchical and spatially-explicit multilevel models to a U.S. county-level life dataset of life expectancy in 1999 to demonstrate approaches… CONTINUE READING
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