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International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 55–60 | Cite as

The reliability of the Minimum European Health Module

  • Bianca Cox
  • Herman Van Oyen
  • Emmanuelle Cambois
  • Carol Jagger
  • Sophie le Roy
  • Jean-Marie Robine
  • Isabelle Romieu
Original article

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

Reliability Survey instrument Self-perceived health Chronic conditions Activity limitation 

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Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bianca Cox
    • 1
  • Herman Van Oyen
    • 1
  • Emmanuelle Cambois
    • 2
  • Carol Jagger
    • 3
  • Sophie le Roy
    • 4
  • Jean-Marie Robine
    • 4
  • Isabelle Romieu
    • 4
  1. 1.Unit of EpidemiologyScientific Institute of Public HealthBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Institut National d’Etudes DémographiquesParisFrance
  3. 3.University of LeicesterLeicesterEngland
  4. 4.Institut national de la santé et de la Recherche médicaleMontpellierFrance

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