Self-rated health and mortality: a review of twenty-seven community studies.

  title={Self-rated health and mortality: a review of twenty-seven community studies.},
  author={Ellen Idler and Yael Benyamini},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  volume={38 1},
We examine the growing number of studies of survey respondents' global self-ratings of health as predictors of mortality in longitudinal studies of representative community samples. Twenty-seven studies in U.S. and international journals show impressively consistent findings. Global self-rated health is an independent predictor of mortality in nearly all of the studies, despite the inclusion of numerous specific health status indicators and other relevant covariates known to predict mortality… CONTINUE READING
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