Programme no. 404-SY
What is there in self-rated health?
Göran Waller1, Annika Forssén2, Tora Grauers Willadsen*3, Anni Brit Sternhagen Nielsen4, Tina Løkke Vie*5, Hans Johan Breidablik5, Eivind Meland*6
1Family Medicine,Umeå University,901 85 Umeå,Sweden, 2Family Medicine,Umeå University,901 85 Umeå,Sweden, 3General Practice,University of Copenhagen,Copenhagen,Denmark, 4General Practice,University of Copenhagen,Copenhagen,Denmark, 5Helse Forde,Forde,Norway, 6Public Helath and Primary Health Care,University of Bergen,Bergen,Norway
* = Presenting author
Objectives: To discuss the use of self-rated health (SRH) in General Practice.
Background: General Practitioners’ and patients’ evaluation of the patient’s health may differ. The patients’ own health perception, measured by a single question, known as SRH, has shown to predict future morbidity, use of health services, and mortality. Those with poor ratings were worse off than those with good ratings. How can the patient’s subjective assessment outdo both clinical assessments and biochemical measurements? What is there in self-rated health?
Based on our own studies and the literature we will present findings of SRH as a prognostic marker; SRH’s role in diabetes care; SRH as predictive of the bodily burden of stressors; SRH in consultations in General Practice. Finally we will together with the participants in the seminar discuss:
- Do the patients have a personal knowledge of some resources/predisposing “factors” that we as GPs not always recognize?
- Why do patients rate their health as they do? Does knowledge about the patients’ reason for their measure provide information about what may increase their health?
- Are there interventions that can strengthen SRH?
- How come that SRH is so predictive of mortality and morbidity?
- How to use SRH in General Practice?
Short presentations. Small group discussions.
Other considerations: None