Variations in population health statusBMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7158.601a (Published 29 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:601
Non-response rates were not reported
- Bowling Ann
- University College London Medical School, Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME), Whittington Hospital Campus, London N19 5NF
- Centre for Health Economics, University of York, York YO1 5DD
EDITOR—Kind et al reported the results of a survey which aimed to measure the health of a representative sample of the population of the United Kingdom by using the EuroQoL EQ-5D questionnaire.1 The authors concluded that the instrument “is a practical way of measuring the health of a population and of detecting differences in subgroups of the population” and that “the results are indicative of the average health status in the general population of the United Kingdom … living in the community.” They do not, however, report the non-response rates of their survey.
We are informed that the respondents were representative of the general population in respect of age, sex, and social class. They may well have a similar distribution of these characteristics to the general population, but this does not make their views of their health status representative. Without knowing the …