Protocol - Self-Reported General Health Status

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2014 National Health Interview Survey - Family - Family Identification


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This is a single item Likert-style self-administered question.


Would you say [fill: your/ALIAS’s] health in general is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?

1 [ ] Excellent

2 [ ] Very good

3 [ ] Good

4 [ ] Fair

5 [ ] Poor

7 [ ] Refused

9 [ ] Don’t know

Personnel and Training Required


Equipment Needs



Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualNo
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration


Life Stage:

Adult, Senior, Pregnancy

Specific Instructions:

This question can be used for self or family member. If self, insert "your" here [fill: your/ALIAS’s] in this item. If family member, please insert family members name.

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

August 30, 2016


A single item assessing an individual’s perception of his/her health in general.


Used to determine an individual’s perception of his/her health in general. This single item is predictive of morbidity and premature mortality (Idler, 1992).

Selection Rationale

This well validated, single-item measure is both low burden and highly informative. The NHIS items have been used in multiple large scale studies.


English, Spanish


Common Data Elements (CDE)Health Assessment Status2002006CDE Browser

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel has not reviewed this measure yet.


2014 NCHS National Health Interview Survey - Family. Family Identification. Question ID: FHS.500_00.000, Instrument Variable Name: PHSTAT QuestionnaireFileName: Family. Document Version Date: 28-May-15

General References

Hagerty, M.R., Cummins, R.A., Ferriss, A.L., Land, K., Michalos, A.C., Peterson, M., Sharpe, A., Sirgy, J., & Vogel, J. (2001). Quality of life indexes for national policy: review and agenda for research. Social Indicators Research, 55, 1-96.

Idler, E. (1992). "Self-assessed Health and Mortality: A Review of Studies." In S. Maes, H. Leventhal, M. Johnston, eds., International Review of Health

Psychology. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

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Kapp JM, Jackson-Thompson J, Petroski GF, Schootman M. Reliability of health-related quality-of-life indicators in cancer survivors from a population-based sample, 2005, BRFSS. Public Health2009;123(4):321-325.

Jiang Y, Hesser JE. Using item response theory to analyze the relationship between health-related quality of life and health risk factors. Prev Chronic Dis 2009;6(1):A30.

Horner-Johnson W, Krahn G, Andresen E, Hall T. Developing summary scores of health-related quality of life for a population-based survey. Public Health Rep 2009;124(1):103-110.

Hays RD, Bjorner JB, Revicki DA, Spritzer KL, Cella D. Development of physical and mental health summary scores from the patient-reported outcomes measurement information system (PROMIS) global items. Qual Life Res 2009;18(7): 873-880.

Barger SD, Burke SM, Limbert MJ. Do Induced Moods Really Influence Health Perceptions? Health Psychol 2007;26(1):85-95.

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