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

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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.

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