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Variations in population health status: results from a United Kingdom national questionnaire survey

By Paul Kind, Paul Dolan, Claire Gudex and Alan Williams

Abstract

Objective: To measure the health of a representative sample of the population of the United Kingdom by using the EuroQoL EQ-5D questionnaire. Design: Stratified random sample representative of the general population aged 18 and over and living in the community. Setting: United Kingdom. Subjects: 3395 people resident in the United Kingdom. Main outcome measures: Average values for mobility, self care, usual activities, pain or discomfort, and anxiety or depression. Results: One in three respondents reported problems with pain or discomfort. There were differences in the perception of health according to the respondent's age, social class, education, housing tenure, economic position, and smoking behaviour. Conclusions: The EQ-5D questionnaire is a practical way of measuring the health of a population and of detecting differences in subgroups of the population

Topics: H Social Sciences (General), RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
Year: 1998
DOI identifier: 10.1136/bmj.316.7133.736
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:33040
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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