Recommendations for Measuring Older Populations in Institutions

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This publication provides guidance to national statistical offices on whether, when and how to include institutional populations of older persons in social surveys and other data sources to produce statistics on topics related to ageing.



Assessing bias arising from omission of older populations in institutions from surveys

86. A central premise of the work of the Task Force is that by excluding populations of older persons living in institutions, the resulting statistics on social and demographic topics, and especially on ageing-related topics, will be biased. This rests on the assumption that there are significant differences in the distribution of characteristics of interest between the institutional population of older people and the population (of older people) living in private households.


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