Self-report and medical record report agreement of selected medical conditions in the elderly

Am J Public Health. 1989 Nov;79(11):1554-6. doi: 10.2105/ajph.79.11.1554.


This study assessed agreement between self- and medical record report of medical conditions in an elderly population. Medical charts of 120 participants in a screening program were abstracted, and the questionnaire report of eight major conditions was compared with the medical record. There was substantial or moderate agreement between self-report and medical record report for each condition, although strength of agreement varied by condition. Self-report by elderly individuals compares favorably with medical record report of medical conditions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Records*
  • Self-Assessment*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires