Most European countries conduct regular health surveys which allow respondents to report on different aspects of their health. A commonly‐asked question relates to self‐perceived health status, of the type: "How is your health in general?".
Despite the subjective nature of this question, indicators of perceived general health have been found to be a good predictor of people's future health care use and mortality (for instance, see Miilunpalo et al., 1997). For the purpose of international
comparisons however, cross‐country differences in perceived health status are difficult to interpret because responses may be affected by social and cultural factors.