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Living arrangements and fire-related mortality amongst older people in Europe
Karlstads universitet.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Centre for Civil Society Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5184-3767
Karlstads universitet; Göteborgs universitet.
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, ISSN 1745-7300, E-ISSN 1745-7319, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 378-384Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Europe, a demographic transition has occurred meaning that countries have larger older adult populations who are increasingly living alone and receiving homecare rather than institutional care. Given that living alone is the greatest individual risk factor for fire mortality amongst older adults and that large differences exist in terms of both fire mortality risk and living arrangements between countries, this study investigates the association between co-living rates and fire mortality rates among older adults in Europe. Freely available datasets with aggregated European data on fire mortality, living arrangements among older adults, population statistics and GDP were analyzed using Poisson regression models. The results show that fire-related mortality rates amongst older adults in Europe is correlated with living arrangements after adjusting for GDP. Specifically, in Europe, when the share of older adults living alone increases by one percentage point, fire mortality rates increase by roughly 4 percent for both sexes.

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2020. Vol. 27, no 3, p. 378-384
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Individualism, Elderly, Fire, Injury
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-8352DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2020.1780454PubMedID: 32536250OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-8352DiVA, id: diva2:1484685
Available from: 2020-10-29 Created: 2020-10-29 Last updated: 2023-02-16Bibliographically approved

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