Why is this important?
Self-reported health is a subjective measure of overall health status and has been found to be linked to actual health outcomes. Evidence suggests that people assess their health in relation to their circumstances and expectations, and their peers. Measuring people’s perceptions of their health provides useful information to help plan for current and future demand on health services.
- Results from the 2017 Canterbury Wellbeing Survey show that in greater Christchurch, just over four in ten residents (44%) rate their health as excellent or very good, while 18% rate it as fair or poor.
- Residents of Selwyn District were more likely to rate their health as excellent or very good (50%) than Christchurch City or Waimakariri District residents (44%).
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Those more likely to rate their health as excellent or very good (44%) are:
- From a household with an income of $100,000 or more (65%)
- Those who do moderate or vigorous exercise five days a week or more (53%)
- Those aged 30 to 49 years (52%)
- Living with children in the household (52%)
- Those who rarely or never feel lonely or isolated (52%)
- Those who rate their quality of life as good or extremely good (51%).
Those more likely to rate their health as fair or poor (18%) are:
- Those who rate their quality of life as poor or extremely poor (72%), and/or who consider their quality of life has deteriorated somewhat or significantly in the last 12 months (48%)
- Living with a health condition or disability (56%)
- Those who feel lonely or isolated always or most of the time (54%) or some of the time (25%)
- From a household with an income of less than $30,000 (36%)
- Those aged 75 years or more (27%)
- Of Pacific, Asian or Indian ethnicity (26%)
- Of Māori ethnicity (25%)
- Those who live in temporary housing (24%).
Note: this commentary is adapted from the Canterbury Health and Wellbeing survey 2017. Reproduced with permission.