Friday, May 18, 2012

[EQ] Health Perceptions in Latin America

Health Perceptions in Latin America

Eduardo Lora


Inter-American Development Bank IADB/BID

Available online PDF [53p.] at:

“………..The study uses identical polls of representative samples of the populations of 19 Latin American countries, which contain three types of health self-assessment questions:

i)   satisfied/dissatisfied with own health, which also exists for other 110 countries;
ii)  health status on a scale of 0-10; and
iii) the EQ-5D instrument, which asks about the presence of health problems in five dimensions: mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort, and


The national averages of health satisfaction of Latin American countries do not differ significantly from other regions of the world. The differences between countries around the world do not have a robust relation with aggregate economic variables or traditional health indicators, but they do have a robust association with variables such as religion or the geographic location of the country, which could reflect cultural differences that shape health expectations and aspirations.


The influence of such cross-country cultural differences is more directly detectable when studying (in Latin American countries) the relation between (individual) responses to the health satisfaction and health self-rating questions.


Simple tolerance indicators of health self-rating are used as a way to measure cultural differences in health perceptions across countries…..”



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