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Table 2 Biological health and lived health questions included in the MLIRT models and their parameter estimates for the final MLIRT models

From: Which environmental factors are associated with lived health when controlling for biological health? - a multilevel analysis

  Biological health Lived health
Questions Discr HDP Thr1 Thr2 Discr HDP Thr1 Thr2
Communication         
With what level of difficulty would you say you are able to:…         
Speak intelligibly or utter coherent phrases?(l,1)* 1.593 [1.543, 1.652] 1.942 3.308 0.865 [0.831, 0.902] 1.459 2.396
Understand what other persons say to you?(l,1) 1.739 [1.663, 1.804] 2.139 3.769     
Understand and express yourself in writing? 1.937 [1.851, 2.016] 2.179 3.013     
Understand and express yourself via gestures, symbols, illustrations or sounds? 2.449 [2.359, 2.524] 3.112 4.442     
Hold a dialogue and exchange ideas with one or more persons? 2.167 [2.074, 2.250] 2.471 3.965     
Use the telephone or other devices or communication techniques?(l,1) 1.455 [1.391, 1.501] 1.636 2.165     
Learning and application of knowledge and development of tasks         
With what level of difficulty are you able to:…         
Hold a gaze or pay attention when listening? 1.904 [1.837, 1.965] 2.527 4.109     
Learn to perform simple tasks? 2.090 [2.008,2.191] 2.412 3.239     
Perform simple tasks?(l,2)* 2.435 [2.304,2.532] 2.945 3.880 1.491 [1.430, 1.557] 2.306 3.019
Perform complex tasks?(l,2)* 1.982 [1.895, 2.049] 2.084 2.830 1.106 [1.072, 1.139] 1.584 2.209
Mobility         
At what level of difficulty are you able to:…         
Change posture?(b,1)      1.448 [1.406, 1.488] 0.106 3.240
Keep your body in the same position?(b,1)      1.306 [1.266, 1.342] −0.108 2.802
Walk and move around the home?(b,1)* 1.205 [1.164, 1.242] 0.087 1.716 1.727 [1.666, 1.773] 0.304 3.438
Walk or move outside the home?(b,2)* 1.056 [1.021, 1.084] −0.391 1.194 1.456 [1.421, 1.487] −0.142 2.498
Get around via public transport?(b,2)      1.377 [1.341, 1.411] −0.062 2.021
Drive vehicles?         
Lift or carry objects?(b,3)      1.239 [1.206, 1.268] −0.181 1.742
Handle and move objects?(b,3)      1.511 [1.473, 1.547] 0.035 2.319
Lift or carry small objects?(b,3)* 1.158 [1.122, 1.196] 0.213 1.721 1.624 [1.577, 1.667] 0.246 2.487
Self-Care         
With what level of difficulty would you say are you able to:…         
Wash or dry different body parts? 2.690 [2.608, 2.781] 0.191 2.317 2.552 [2.471, 2.624] 0.908 3.840
Perform basic grooming? 2.474 [2.401, 2.544] 0.231 2.054 2.239 [2.167, 2.330] 0.918 3.040
Carry out activities related to urination? 2.423 [2.355, 2.492] 0.554 2.829 1.987 [1.933, 2.059] 0.957 3.358
Carry out activities related to defecation? 2.608 [2.499, 2.766] 1.059 3.118 2.401 [2.331, 2.462] 1.449 4.062
Carry out activities related to menstrual care?         
Dress or undress? 2.916 [2.790, 3.034] 0.417 2.914 2.881 [2.810, 2.940] 1.294 4.495
Eat and drink? 2.299 [2.176, 2.393] 1.212 3.653 2.118 [2.033, 2.203] 1.739 4.596
Follow medical prescriptions? 3.201 [3.134, 3.285] 0.818 2.899 1.725 [1.660, 1.772] 1.437 2.905
Avoid dangerous situations? 3.218 [3.044, 3.385] 1.182 3.178 2.368 [2.294, 2.425] 1.464 3.170
Home Life         
At what level of difficulty would you say are you able to:…         
Do shopping?(b,4)      1.505 [1.469, 1.535] 0.082 1.154
Prepare meals? 1.837 [1.794, 1.880] 0.329 1.161 1.893 [1.842, 1.937] 0.555 1.483
Carry out housework?(b,4)* 1.375 [1.337, 1.410] −0.173 0.812 1.661 [1.616, 1.700] 0.140 1.297
Interaction and interpersonal relations         
With what level of difficulty would you say are you able to:…         
Show others affection, respect or transmit feelings? 1.741 [1.657, 1.812] 2.421 3.726     
Relate to strangers? 1.928 [1.848, 2.017] 2.294 3.060     
Initiate and maintain relationships with subordinates, peers or superiors? 1.982 [1.919, 2.042] 2.471 3.134     
Initiate and maintain relationships with friends, neighbours, acquaintances or colleagues? 1.827 [1.761, 1.884] 2.325 3.233     
Initiate and maintain family relations?(b,5)         
Initiate and maintain intimate or sexual relations?(b,5)* 1.644 [1.564, 1.730] 1.993 2.367     
  1. The subsets of local dependent questions are marked with (letter, number), with the letter indicating whether the local dependent questions are biological health questions (‘b’) or lived health questions (‘l’) and the number indicating the subset of local dependent questions. The questions of each subset of local dependent questions considered in the final model are marked with an asterisk *
  2. Discr = item discrimination; Thr 1–2 = item threshold parameters; HPD = 95% highest posterior density interval