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Term: Emotional Well-Being - (CCHS Survey Data)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2010-08-10


Emotion is one attribute in the Health Utilities Index (HUI), a generic health status index developed at McMaster University's Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, which measures health status and health-related quality of life and produces utility scores to describe, monitor, and compare the health of general populations. In the HUI, survey respondents are asked a series of questions concerning eight main attributes of health: vision, hearing, speech, mobility (ability to get around), dexterity (use of hands and fingers), cognition (memory and thinking), emotion (feelings), and pain. Respondents are assigned a score of 1-5 or 6 (higher is worse) on each attribute and then their overall HUI is calculated, a score which ranks them as having perfect health (1.000) to being worse than dead (-0.360). ( Health Utilities Inc. Health-Related Quality-of-Life Web Site: )

In the CCHS, all respondents were asked the question, "Would you describe yourself being usually: (happy and interested in life, somewhat happy, somewhat unhappy, very unhappy or so unhappy that life is not worthwhile)?" Respondents also had the option of not stating an answer.

To measure this, the crude and adjusted weighted proportion of respondents with emotional well-being was calculated by taking the ratio of the number of respondents who said they were happy and interested in life to the number of all respondents. Respondents who did not state an answer were excluded from analyses. Values were calculated using data from CCHS cycle 1.1.

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