Modeling the relationship between perceived neighbourhood characteristics and adult hospitalization frequencies

BELLINI, PIERANTONIO; Department Of Statistical Sciences - University Of Padua, DANIELA LO CASTRO & PAULI, FRANCESCO; Department Of Statistical Sciences - University Of Padua
Interest in the quantitative effects of neighbourhood characteristics on urban health has recently increased in social epidemiology. Such effects are mostly studied employing multilevel models based on some definition of the neighbourhood. We investigate the statistical relationship between health and the neighourhood quality as perceived by individuals, thus avoiding the need of choosing a specific definition of neighbourhood.We use data from the Los Angeles Family and Neighbourhood Survey (L.A.FANS). We measure health status of an...