Choosing Measures of Health Status for Individuals in General Populations

by John E. Ware, Robert H. Brook, Allyson Ross Davies, Kathleen N. Lohr

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Offers suggestions to aid in the selection of appropriate instruments and data-gathering methods for studies that require measures of personal health status applicable in general populations. Suggestions are offered that may prove helpful in selecting appropriate instruments and data-gathering methods for studies that require health status measures. What is proposed is a "shopper's guide": not a catalog of specific measures or recommendations, but a list of things to think about while looking for health status measures. Important issues are noted, along with those the authors think have been overemphasized in the literature.

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