The health-line: a method for collecting data on self-rated health over time: a pilot study
2001 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, Vol. 29, no 3, 233-239 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 29, no 3, 233-239 p.
Health-LINE, Ill, Health, Life-LINE, Self-RATED, Health, Sick, Leave, Sickness, Absence
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13677DOI: 10.1080/140349401316983662OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13677DiVA: diva2:21148