Inconsistencies in self-reported health conditions: results of a nationwide panel study
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Self-reported data on health conditions are frequently used in epidemiological studies since such information often cannot be gathered by other means (Barber et al. 2010). Thus, it is of utmost importance that surveys provide accurate and reliable estimates. Previous studies have indicated that inconsistencies in self-reported morbidity over time vary across health conditions (Beckett et al. 2000; Klabunde et al. 2005; Cigolle et al. 2018). However, the studies are few and have mainly been carried out in specific populations, which makes it difficult to generalize to the entire adult population. The aim of the study was to examine the inconsistencies in 18 health conditions using data from two surveys 4 years apart.
KeywordsHealth surveys Cancer Hypertension Mental health Diabetes Reproducibility of results
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
No ethical approval is required for survey-based studies according to Danish legislation.
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