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Quality Measurement Framework

Self-assessed General Health

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Self-assessed General Health

The self-assessed general health quality outcome indicator measures the proportion of adults who assess their general health as good or very good in the Scottish Health Survey. The proportion of adults who assessed their health as good or very good did not change in the last year (the figure has been 74% in each of the last four years). The level has varied between 74% and 77% since 2008.

An increase is desirable over time. Evidence shows that self-assessed general health is a good predictor of hospital admissions and mortality, so an increase in this indicator should also impact on other areas of performance. 

Indicator Update

The self-assessed general health quality outcome indicator measures the proportion of adults who assess their general health as good or very good in the Scottish Health Survey. Levels of self-assessed health have remained fairly static in recent years.

Self-assessed health tended to decline with age, with 88% of those aged 16 - 24 reporting their health as good or very good. Of those aged 75 and above, 55% reported being in good health. Self-assessed health also declines as area deprivation increases, in 2014, 85% of adults in the least deprived areas were in good health, compared with 55% in the most deprived areas (age-standardised figures).

Source: latest results published September 2016 (Refer to Annual Report 2016, Volume 1, Chapter 2) by the Scottish Government

Work that should result in improvement in this indicator

An increase in this outcome indicator should demonstrate an improvement in the health status of the nation, reflecting improvements in all sectors of health and social care, from public health and anticipatory care to acute, primary and community care sectors.


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