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Self‐reported health and disability at age 65

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Most OECD countries conduct regular health surveys which allow respondents to report on different aspects of their health. A question that is often found among such surveys relates to self‐perceived health status, and is usually similar to: "How is your health in general?". Although these questions are subjective, indicators of perceived general health have been found to be a good predictor of people's future health care use and mortality (see Miilunpalo et al., 1997). However, cross‐country differences in perceived health status may be difficult to interpret. This is because survey questions may differ slightly, and cultural factors can affect responses.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011


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