The relationship between self-rated health and health status among coronary artery patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVES: This study examined the descriptive relationship of self-rated health (SRH) with various psychosocial measures, sociodemographic variables, coronary artery disease (CAD) diagnostic/clinical measures, and medically abstracted comorbidities. METHODS: The sample was 2,855 individuals from the Mediators of Social Support (MOSS) study who had at least 75% narrowing in more than one vessel, as indicated by a cardiac catheterization. RESULTS: After adjusting for sociodemographic factors, individuals who rated their health as poor/fair had significantly worse performance on all psychosocial measures and were more likely to be female, non-White, and of a lower socioeconomic status than those who rated their health as being good or better. There were few differences on SRH across various diagnostic/clinical measures of health. DISCUSSION: A single item measure of SRH may be useful; the generalizability of the item must be considered. In this sample of CAD patients, SRH was related more to psychosocial factors than to clinical and disease indicators.

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Cited Authors

  • Bosworth, HB; Siegler, IC; Brummett, BH; Barefoot, JC; Williams, RB; Vitaliano, PP; Clapp-Channing, N; Lytle, BL; Mark, DB

Published Date

  • November 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 565 - 584

PubMed ID

  • 10848078

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0898-2643

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/089826439901100405


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States