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Diarist's general health

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HEALTH is drawn from a self-assessed and self-reported general health status. Respondents' general health could be rated on a four-point scale ranging from poor, fair, good, and very good.

Comparability — Index

United Kingdom
United States


HEALTH is constructed differently across samples.

Comparability — Finland [top]

In 1979, the diarist is classified as having "poor" health if his or her illness "limits everyday life", "fair health" if he or she has "recurring symptoms" or is "diagnosed with a chronic illness", and "good" health if he or she responds "none of the above".

Comparability — Spain [top]

For Spain, the source data distinguish between "poor" and "very poor", which are coded as "poor" in the MTUS.

Comparability — United Kingdom [top]

In 1983, HELATH is derived from a health satisfaction scale which ranges from 0 to 10, where 10 is very satisfied with one's health. Respondents whose health satisfaction was 0-2 were coded as 'poor'; health satisfaction values from 3-5 were coded as 'fair'; health satisfaction values from 6-8 were coded as 'good'; health satisfaction values from 9-10 were coded as 'very good.'

This variable was asked the same in 1987 as in 1983, but was only asked of main respondents.

Comparability — United States [top]

In 1992-94, health status is constructed from an affirmative response to conditions including angina, emphysema or bronchitis, or asthma.

In the ATUS, 'very good' and 'excellent' health are combined in the 'very good' MTUS code.


  • All persons.


  • Bulgaria: 2001
  • Canada: 2005, 2010, 2015
  • Finland: 1979, 2009
  • France: 2009
  • Hungary: 2009
  • Italy: 2002, 2008
  • Netherlands: 1995, 2000, 2005
  • Spain: 2002, 2009
  • United Kingdom: 1983, 1987, 2000, 2005, 2014
  • United States: 1975, 1993, 1995