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ODI Old age, disability and mental health: data issues for a post-2015 framework

Authors: Samman, E. & Rodriguez-Takeuchi, L.K.

Publication Date: 2013

Inequalities associated with old age, disability and mental health issues did not feature in the MDGs. This ODI Background Note argues that these inequalities should be considered salient sources of group-based difference.

The paper identifies lack of data as a particular concern, but one that can be addressed through revisions to standard household surveys. To this end, it discusses the available data and their limitations, constraints to better data collection and efforts needed to adjust key international survey instruments.

The Background Note also includes an online annex, which presents selected survey questions on disability and mental health issues from key international survey instruments.