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Association between self-rated health and asthma: a population-based study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics.
2012 (English)In: Clinical Respiratory Journal, ISSN 1752-6981, Vol. 6, no 3, 150-158 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Self-rated health (SRH) is a relevant measure of health as it can predict morbidity, mortality and health-care use. Studies have shown an association between poor SRH and elevated levels of circulating inflammatory cytokines. It is therefore interesting to learn more about the association between asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease with a recognised systemic component and SRH.

Objectives: To compare SRH ratings in respondents with and without current asthma. A second aim was to compare SRH with quality-of-life ratings in the same groups.

Methods: In 1995, we randomly selected 8200 persons =18 years from the population of Stockholm County, Sweden and mailed them a questionnaire. A total of 5355 persons (67.5%) responded. Respondents were divided in two groups, those with and those without current asthma. The groups were further divided by sex and age (1844 and =45 years). SRH was measured with the question How do you rate your general health status? and quality of life with the Gothenburg Quality of Life Instrument and the Ladder of Life.

Results: Respondents with asthma rated their health significantly worse than did those without asthma, except women aged 1844 years. SRH was associated at least as strong as quality of life to asthma with the advantage of being easier to apply (only one item).

Conclusion: Information on SRH is easy to obtain and represents an important dimension of health status that potentially can be used as a complement to identify patients who need extra attention to manage their asthma and its consequences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 6, no 3, 150-158 p.
Keyword [en]
asthma, public health, quality of life, self-rated health
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-178540DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-699X.2011.00259.xISI: 000305282300004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-178540DiVA: diva2:542430
Available from: 2012-08-01 Created: 2012-07-31 Last updated: 2012-08-01Bibliographically approved

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