The health-line--a method for collecting data on self-rated health over time: a pilot study

Title

The health-line--a method for collecting data on self-rated health over time: a pilot study

Creator

Ringsberg KC; Alexanderson KA; Borg KE; Hensing GK

Publisher

Scandinavian Journal Of Public Health

Date

2001

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; Adult; Attitude to Health; Questionnaires; Pilot Projects; Health Status; Self-Assessment; Chi-Square Distribution; Adolescent Transitions; Sweden/epidemiology; Sick Leave/statistics & numerical data

Description

BACKGROUND: There is a need for an instrument to record a life-course perspective of self-rated health. AIM: To test the "health-line", a simple, comprehensive method of collecting data on self-rated health over time. METHOD: In 1996, a questionnaire was mailed to people who in 1985 were aged between 25 and 34 years old and had a sick-leave spell >28 days with "back diagnoses". They were asked to rate their global health graphically with a "health-line" for the years 1985-95. Official data on sick leave and disability pension were obtained for the same period. In all, 37 out of 52 men and 60 out of 83 women answered; that is, they drew a health-line. RESULT: A statistically significant negative correlation between the mean number of absence days due to ill health and the health-line data was found for every year (r= -0.35 to -0.53; p<0.001) and for the whole period 1985-95 (r=-0.546; p<0.001) respectively. CONCLUSION: The method worked well and is well worth further development and testing.
2001

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

233-239

Issue

3

Volume

29

Citation

Ringsberg KC; Alexanderson KA; Borg KE; Hensing GK, “The health-line--a method for collecting data on self-rated health over time: a pilot study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed January 21, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11824.

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