Comorbidity-Adjusted Life Expectancy: A New Tool to Inform Recommendations for Optimal Screening Strategies

Annals of Internal Medicine: 11/19/13

Background: Many guidelines recommend considering health status and life expectancy when making cancer screening decisions for elderly persons.

Objective: To estimate life expectancy for elderly persons without a history of cancer, taking into account comorbid conditions.

Design: Population-based cohort study.

Setting: A 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries in selected geographic areas, including their claims and vital status information.

Participants: Medicare beneficiaries aged 66 years or older between 1992 and 2005 without a history of cancer (n = 407 749). Read More