[Relationship between some health indicators of physical, mental well-being and handicaps in the aged (author's transl)].
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The health status of 1,025 senior urban citizens was determined by a questionnaire based on the subjects' view of physical, mental and global well-being and of dependency (indicators of Belloc and all., Berkman, Grogono and Woodgate, Linn). The significant correlation was observed between different health indicators. However, these correlations are not strong enough to allow the explanation of one indicator by the others. The mental well-being is most independent of all other health measurements under study. The valuable information on the prevalence of some health limitations in the population is given by the constituents of the health indexes used. On the contrary, a more complete view of the health of the population should be obtained by the non correlated methods of measurement. The situation may vary following the epidemiological characteristics of the population studied.
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