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Term: Self-Rated Health - (CCHS Survey Data)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2009-10-20


Self-rated health has been found to be an excellent predictor of the overall health status of the population and is correlated with other population health status measures such as premature mortality rate. It can reflect aspects of health not captured in other measures, such as: incipient disease, disease severity, aspects of positive health status, physiological and psychological reserves, and social and mental function.

In the CCHS Survey - Chapter 14, participants were asked, "In general, would you say your health is: excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?" and given the clarification, "By health, we mean not only the absence of disease or injury but also physical, mental and social wellbeing." Respondents could also answer "don't know."

Responses of "Fair" and "Poor" were combined to avoid suppression. Those responding "Don't Know" were excluded. The age- and sex-adjusted proportion of respondents in each group are reported.

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