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The reliability of the Minimum European Health Module

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Carol Jagger


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Objectives: The Minimum European Health Module (MEHM) consists of 3 global questions concerning 3 health domains: self-perceived health, chronic conditions and long-term activity limitation. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the reliability of the MEHM.Methods: Participants of the Belgian Food Consumption Survey were interviewed twice: 170 individuals were selected for the MEHM reliability evaluation. For each of the 3 questions Pearson and Kappa coefficients were estimated. Analyses were stratified by gender, age, education, language and time between the interviews.Results: The Pearson correlations are between 0.73 and 0.81. The Kappa estimates are good or excellent: 0.74 (self-perceived health), 0.77 (chronic conditions) and 0.68 (activity limitation). Also stratified analyses indicated in general an acceptable reliability.Conclusion: The MEHM has an acceptable reliability.

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Author(s): Cox B, Van Oyen H, Cambois E, Jagger C, Le Roy S, Robine JM, Romieu I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Public Health

Year: 2009

Volume: 54

Issue: 2

Pages: 55-60

ISSN (print): 1661-8556

ISSN (electronic): 1661-8564

Publisher: Birkhaeuser Verlag AG


DOI: 10.1007/s00038-009-7104-y


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