Pursuing the link between positive psychological factors and health care use may reveal innovative ways to contain health care costs.
About the Study:
Some 6,379 participants in the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally represented sample of Americans over age 50, were tracked for four years.
This study is one in a series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio to explore Positive Health, an emerging concept that seeks to demonstrate that in addition to health risks, people also have health assets, which can be strengthened to produce a healthier life. These health assets could include biological factors, such as high heart rate variability; subjective factors, such as optimism; and functional factors, such as a stable marriage.