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Health and functional capacity -- Capturing capability limitations in measures of health

Callander, Emily, Schofield, Deborah, Shrestha, Rupendra, Kelly, Simon,

Academic Literature

2012

This paper explores which measures of health accurately reflect the functional capabilities of individuals – that is, in what measures of health do those classified as having poorer health actually have poorer functional outcomes. Using the 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, cross-tabulations, chi-squared analysis, and logistic regression models were used to identify the relationship between functional outcomes (core activity limitations and employment and education participation) and various measures of health and disability (composite disability measure, health utility scores and general health assessment). Both the composite disability measure and the health utility score accurately capture individual functional capacity. The health utility scores can also be divided into a categorical measure and still reflect this functional capacity. The general health assessment measure can potentially be used in the place the composite disability measure and the health utility score.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Health Sociology Review

Location : International

Domain/s: Economic participation, Health and wellbeing

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