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2023 Jan 14

BMC Public Health



Toward a conceptual framework of health and its operational definition: an application in the 1958 British birth cohort.


Joannès C, Colineaux H, Guernec G, Castagné R, Kelly-Irving M
BMC Public Health. 2023 Jan 14; 23(1):100.
PMID: 36639784.


Defining and measuring Health presents a challenge, partly due to its conceptual pluralism. To measure Health as an ability to adapt and self-manage, we developed an approach within the theoretical framework of resources and reserves over the life course, recently proposed in the literature. We aimed to (i) use the conceptual framework developed to identify indicators of deteriorating health reserves, (ii) construct an overall health measure from these indicators, (iii) evaluate the association between the overall health measure and subsequent health outcomes and (iv) assess the robustness of our method.