The effect of widowhood on mortality by the causes of death of both spouses.

@article{Elwert2008TheEO,
  title={The effect of widowhood on mortality by the causes of death of both spouses.},
  author={Felix Elwert and Nicholas A. Christakis},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  year={2008},
  volume={98 11},
  pages={2092-8}
}
OBJECTIVES We investigated the effect of spousal bereavement on mortality to document cause-specific bereavement effects by the causes of death of both the predecedent spouse and the bereaved partner. METHODS We obtained data from a nationally representative cohort of 373 189 elderly married couples in the United States who were followed from 1993 to 2002. We used competing risk and Cox models in our analyses. RESULTS For both men and women, the death of a predecedent spouse from almost all… CONTINUE READING

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