In September, Edwin McCulley, MS, doctoral research fellow at the Dornsife School of Public Health, presented the results of a team project examining the link between disability and all-cause mortality. The research team includes Stephen Samendinger, PhD, associate teaching professor in the Health Sciences Department, and Kristine Mulhorn, PhD, chair of the Health Administration Department and clinical professor.
The conference was the 33rd REVES Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which included several demographers, scientists and scholars addressing the patterns of health expectancy, including disability-free life expectancy in different parts of the world.
This team’s work focused on data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey, using an internationally standardized set of disability questions, and noted higher relative rates of all-cause mortality among individuals living with at least one disability. This work was the culmination of work since 2020, when McCulley, a PhD student in Epidemiology began working with Samendinger and Mulhorn on the project.