Indicator: Percent of population reporting very good, or excellent health status
Indicator Description: Indicators are from UCLA’s California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) Public Use File (PUF) and consequently their exploratory dashboard, AskCHIS. This variable asked respondents about their general health (CHIS PUF Variable: AB1, AskCHIS Variable: Health status). Respondents were asked “Would you say that in general your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?”. Although a short and simple question, it has been shown to be a reliable predictor of mortality and future health care use.
Data Limitations: Asked of California’s residential population (adults, teens, and children), administered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Does not include those living in group quarters or homeless persons.
Indicator Source: UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research CHIS is an annual, population-based, omnibus health survey of California. It is the largest telephone survey in California and the largest state health survey in the country. Note that this indicator uses weighted data.
Indicator Calculation Methodology: General health status. https://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/chis/design/Pages/overview.aspx
Data Collection Methodology: Statewide telephone survey using a geographically stratified sample design. Estimates are weighted to Dept. of Finance demographic data (adjusted for group quarters population). More information is available at https://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/chis/design/Pages/overview.aspx
Program URL Link: https://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/chis/Pages/default.aspx
Reporting Cycle: Annual Survey
Reporting Lag: 2 years
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