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Predictors of self-rated health: a 12-month prospective study of IT and media workers

Dan Hasson12*, Bengt B Arnetz24, Töres Theorell3 and Ulla Maria Anderberg2

Author Affiliations

1 Karolinska Institute, CRU/Dept of Neurobiology, Caring Science and Society, Karolinska University Hospital, Eugeniahemmet, T4:02, 171 76 Stockholm, Sweden

2 Uppsala University, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Section for Social Medicine/CEOS, Uppsala Science Park, SE-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden

3 IPM – The National Swedish Institute for Psychosocial Medicine, Granits väg 8, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden

4 Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 48201-2011, USA

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Population Health Metrics 2006, 4:8  doi:10.1186/1478-7954-4-8

Published: 31 July 2006

Abstract

Objective

The aim of the present study was to determine health-related risk and salutogenic factors and to use these to construct prediction models for future self-rated health (SRH), i.e. find possible characteristics predicting individuals improving or worsening in SRH over time (0–12 months).

Methods

A prospective study was conducted with measurements (physiological markers and self-ratings) at 0, 6 and 12 months, involving 303 employees (187 men and 116 women, age 23–64) from four information technology and two media companies.

Results

There were a multitude of statistically significant cross-sectional correlations (Spearman's Rho) between SRH and other self-ratings as well as physiological markers. Predictors of future SRH were baseline ratings of SRH, self-esteem and social support (logistic regression), and SRH, sleep quality and sense of coherence (linear regression).

Conclusion

The results of the present study indicate that baseline SRH and other self-ratings are predictive of future SRH. It is cautiously implied that SRH, self-esteem, social support, sleep quality and sense of coherence might be predictors of future SRH and therefore possibly also of various future health outcomes.