Regional differences in health status in China: population health-related quality of life results from the National Health Services Survey 2008

Health Place. 2011 Mar;17(2):671-80. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2011.01.007. Epub 2011 Jan 28.


Purpose: To measure, describe and analyse regional differences in health-related quality of life measured by EQ-5D in China. Data were obtained via face-to-face interviews on a national representative sample (n=120,703, 15-103 years). The EQ-5D instrument was used to measure health status.

Results: Rural areas had worse health status than urban areas. Health status was worst in western areas and best in eastern areas, and such disparities were profounder in rural areas. In urban areas, health status was best in middle-sized cities. In rural areas, health status increased with the economic development level of a county.

Conclusion: Our study enhances understanding of the urban-rural differences and east-middle-west differences in health and sheds light on inequalities in health status between different city categories in the urban areas and county categories in the rural areas.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • China
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • National Health Programs
  • Quality of Life*
  • Residence Characteristics