Self-reported health status is a reliable indicator of a person’s perceived health and is a good global assessment of a person’s well-being. Self-reported health status may worsen if the health system and other domains are not working to improve quality of life.

Measures of general health status provide information on the health of a population. They allow for broad comparisons across different conditions and populations. Differences in general health status among segments of the general population indicate disparities in resources for good health.

Poor general health impacts all aspects of life, including work, school, education, social networks, and financial status. Good health is important for thriving communities, and everyone should be afforded the opportunity to achieve healthy lives. Understanding how health status varies within a population can help guide policies or interventions to improve the health of those experiencing disparities.

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