Role of social support in the relationship between financial hardship and multimorbidity-a causal mediation analysis.
Ankur Singh, Diana Contreras Suarez, Emily You, Ludmila Fleitas Alfonzo, Tania King
European Journal of Public Health | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Social disadvantage is a key determinant of multimorbidity. Pathways through which social disadvantage leads to multimorbidity are yet undefined. In this study, we first examined the causal effect of moving into financial hardship on multimorbidity among Australian adults, and then the role of social support as a mediator of the relationship between financial hardship and multimorbidity. METHODS: Data were obtained from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey (2009-2013). We identified individuals who moved into financial hardship between 2010 and 2011 (n = 5775). Inverse probability treatment weighting with regression adjustment was used to examine ..View full abstract