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8. Health status Volume 15 Issue 4

Margo Eyeson-Annan, Deborah Baker, Louisa Jorm, Michael Giffin

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Margo Eyeson-Annan

Deborah Baker

Louisa Jorm

Michael Giffin


Self-rated health is a fundamental measure of health status and health outcomes, and is believed to principally reflect physical health problems (acute and chronic conditions and physical functioning) and, to a lesser extent, health behaviours and mental health problems. Longitudinal studies have shown that self-rated health is a strong and independent predictor of subsequent illness and premature death.