Development of a postal health status questionnaire to identify people with dyspepsia in the general population

Scand J Prim Health Care. 1995 Dec;13(4):243-9. doi: 10.3109/02813439508996770.


Objective: To develop and validate a postal health status questionnaire which will identify people with dyspepsia in the general population.

Design: Validation against telephone interview and post re-post determination of reliability.

Setting: A general practice population in the north of England.

Subjects: A random sample of adults aged 20-69 years inclusive chosen from the general population.

Main outcome measures: Validity has been checked against telephone interview. A kappa statistic has been calculated for each question and clinical category.

Results: Compared with interview the questionnaire is a valid, comprehensive and easily understood record of symptomatology. The kappa statistics (mean value 0.92) indicate a very reliable questionnaire.

Conclusion: The questionnaire accurately and reliably identifies people with dyspeptic symptoms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Dyspepsia / epidemiology*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Postal Service
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*