Self-rated health as a predictor of hospital admission and nursing home placement in elderly public housing tenants

Am J Public Health. 1986 Apr;76(4):457-9. doi: 10.2105/ajph.76.4.457.


We assessed the validity of self-rated health in a one-year prospective study of 155 elderly public housing tenants. Compared to studies of elderly community residents, tenants had poorer self-rated health, and higher hospital admission and nursing home placement rates. Poor self-rated health was a risk factor for both outcomes. We conclude that self-rated health may be useful in identifying persons at increased risk for hospital admission and nursing home placement.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Data Collection
  • Depression
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Health*
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Institutionalization*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Homes
  • Prospective Studies
  • Public Housing*
  • Risk
  • Sex Factors