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Table 2 Percentage of Participants Mentioning Various Types of Health Factors at Least One Time

From: How participants report their health status: cognitive interviews of self-rated health across race/ethnicity, gender, age, and educational attainment

Type of Health Factor Percentage Examples from Transcript Significancea
Race/Ethnicity Gender Age Education
Health conditions (overall) 70%  
 Specific 41% “I’m diabetic” +
 Nonspecific 36% “my illnesses”
 Absence 17% “I have no medical conditions at all” * *
Health behavior 41% “eating,” “I don’t exercise,” “trying to lose weight” *
Health care practitioner or setting 25% “I went to the doctor,” “I don’t go…”
Physical state 22% “in good shape,” “overweight”
Comparative statements (overall) 19%  
 Compared present self to others 11% “I was thinking about my husband…compared to him”
 Compared present self to self at another time 11% “I’m not in as good shape as I was 3 years ago”
Physical functioning 14% “body working,” “ability to work,” “lazy” *
Feel 14% “how/what I feel” “I feel fine/good/great/sick”
Mental health 8% “depression,” “I don’t have mental health issues” +
Age 6% “at the age of 51,” “I’m at an age…”
External factors 5% “I’m a parent,” “family background,” “money for food”
  1. aFisher’s exact test for significant differences across groups (two-tailed). + p < .10, *p < .05