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Pets protecting people: health and psychosocial outcomes around the time of retirement

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Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue: G2.12, St George's, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE
Price: free
Speaker(s): Robert Grant (senior lecturer in Health & Social Care Statistics, Kingston and St George's)

Pets protecting people: health and psychosocial outcomes around the time of retirement

The supposed health and psychosocial benefits to older people of owning a pet often feature in media health stories, but studies are often small and inconsistent. Robert Grant and Gill Mein are conducting a retrospective study on the Whitehall II cohort of 6575 people, 29% of whom were pet owners.

There are apparent benefits in exercise, fulfilling activities, attitudes towards the neighbourhood, and sleep, but worse physical quality of life. Morbidity and healthcare utilisation appear no different.

This analysis of a large observational database is intriguing but complicated by the possibility of confounding and reverse causality.

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For further information about this event:

Contact: Rosie O'Carroll
Tel: 020 8417 5758
Email: r.ocarroll@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

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