Rapid Communication| Volume 74, ISSUE 1, P95-98, January 2013

Reliability of self-report on basic health conditions in Mexican Americans Age 80 and older

  • Carlos Siordia
    Correspondence address: Community Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555, USA. Tel.: +1 409 772 1128; fax: +1 409 772 5272.
    Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Brach, Galveston, TX, USA
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      Reliability of self-reports in survey research is important. Little is known about the reliability of self-reports in the very old (aged 80+). The objective of this study is to evaluate the level of reliability in self-reports by assessing the level of agreement between a “respondents” and their “informants” (children) as they rate the respondent's: hearing ability; vision capacity; and nine health conditions. Descriptive statistics, observed agreement, and kappa values are computed on 389 pairs using HEPESE Wave-7 data (2010–2011). Although further studies are required, there is evidence that self-reports on basic health conditions in the very old are reliable.

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