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An Inventory of Health and Disability-Related Surveys in OECD Countries


  • Claire Gudex
  • Gaetan Lafortune


There is strong policy interest in monitoring trends on the prevalence of chronic diseases and disability rates, both nationally and internationally, in light of rising life expectancy and population ageing. However, international comparisons of health and disability survey data are difficult because different instruments are used to measure various health and disability dimensions in national surveys. This inventory examines the comparability of survey instruments used to measure health and disability in various OECD countries. It extends a similar inventory prepared by the Danish Institute of Public Health for Eurostat in 1999. Some 30 surveys from 23 OECD countries are reviewed in detail and compared. These include a mix of cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, general health and disabilityspecific surveys, and surveys covering the entire population and some targeting the elderly population only. The domains covered include selected health conditions (chronic physical ... On constate un intérêt politique marqué à mesurer l’évolution de la prévalence des maladies chroniques et de l’invalidité, tant au niveau national qu’international, en raison de l’accroissement de l’espérance de vie et du vieillissement de la population. Toutefois, il est difficile présentement de faire des comparaisons internationales des données des enquêtes nationales sur la santé et sur l’invalidité parce que les instruments de mesure varient d’une enquête à l’autre. Cet inventaire a pour but d’examiner la comparabilité des instruments de mesure de la santé et de l’invalidité dans les enquêtes nationales de différents pays de l’OCDE. Il prolonge un inventaire similaire préparé par l’Institut danois de santé publique en 1999 pour le compte d’Eurostat. Quelques 30 enquêtes de 23 pays de l’OECD sont examinées et comparées en détail. Celles-ci comprennent des enquêtes transversales et longitudinales, des enquêtes générales de la santé et d’autres portant spécifiquement sur ...

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  • Claire Gudex & Gaetan Lafortune, 2000. "An Inventory of Health and Disability-Related Surveys in OECD Countries," OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers 44, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:44-en

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