Comparing health status in Belarus between 2001 and 2010: a novel method using survey with different response categories

Alena Vasianovich, Neil William Scott, W Cairns Smith, Claire Denise Wallace

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BACKGROUND: Two population surveys were conducted in Belarus: The Living Conditions, Lifestyle and Health (LLH) in 2001 (n = 2000) and The Health in Times of Transition (HITT) in 2010 (n = 1800). Each survey included a question on health status. The LLH questionnaire provided a 4-point Verbal Response Scale, but the HITT questionnaire used a 5-point scale. When translated into Russian, only two response categories of these scales had identical wording. These differences made a direct comparison of self-reported health status between 2001 and 2010 difficult.

METHODS: We conducted a Health Category Response Scale (HCRS) survey in 2010 (n = 570) using a 100ths graduated Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) to understand how the response categories of different scales are perceived by Russian speakers. We implemented the HCRS survey's data to calculate the weighted health status (WHS) for each of the original surveys and to compare health status in Belarus between 2001and 2010.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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