Cover: Conceptualization and  Measurement of Health for Adults in the Health Insurance Study

Conceptualization and Measurement of Health for Adults in the Health Insurance Study

Vol. V, General Health Perceptions

Published 1978

by John E. Ware, Allyson Ross Davies, Cathy A. Donald


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The fifth volume in a series reviewing published literature and documenting conceptualization and construction of health status measures used in the Health Insurance Study (HIS). Analyses reported are based on non-HIS sources; plans for analyzing HIS data from the Health Perceptions Questionnaire (HPQ) are documented. The HPQ contains six summated ratings scales reflecting perceptions of current, past, and future health, resistance-susceptibility, sickness orientation, and health worry/concern. These measures appear sufficiently reliable and valid for testing hypotheses on effects of differences in coinsurance and deductibles and fee-for-service compared with group practice and of differences in use of medical care services on health status in general populations.

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