Usefulness of a single-item general self-rated health question to predict mortality 12 months after an acute coronary syndrome.

Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and Sir Mortimer B. Davis - Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (Impact Factor: 3.69). 09/2008; 15(4):479-81. DOI: 10.1097/HJR.0b013e328300b717
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ABSTRACT A single-item general self-rated health (GSRH) question consistently predicts mortality in community cohort studies, but has not been examined in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). We investigated whether a single-item GSRH question predicted mortality 12 months post-discharge in 800 ACS patients.
Logistic regression was used to assess the relationship of the single-item GSRH question with mortality, controlling for cardiac risk factors, including depressive symptoms.
The single-item GSHR question was associated with mortality on a bivariable basis (odds ratio=0.50, 95% confidence interval=0.28-0.92, P=0.027), but was not significant after controlling for other risk factors (odds ratio=0.80, 95% confidence interval=0.40-1.60, P=0.522).

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