Factors Related to Self-Reported Health Status in Low Income Midlife Women

Teresa Barry Hultquist, Katherine Laux Kaiser, Shireen Rajaram

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Transition throughout midlife can affect women’s perception of their health status. Multiple factors are potentially related to self-reported health status (SRHS), but it was not clear what factors are related to SRHS for midlife women, especially those with low income. This study examined factors related to SRHS in low income midlife women over time. A multi-step linear regression of longitudinal Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) data (n = 310) from July 2000 through November 2006 was used. Participants completed SRHS at initial (baseline) enrollment into MMC (T1), with a second assessment completed 11 to 23 months later for those retaining MMC eligibility (T2). Results indicated that disability and number of medical conditions were the factors most related to SRHS. SRHS scores differed significantly between non-disabled and disabled women. For disabled women, SRHS improved significantly between T1 and T2 (p <.001), but not for non-disabled women. Those with lower SRHS scores used community agencies more often. Further studies of SRHS and health-related factors are needed as SRHS is frequently an indicator of population health. Greater evidenced-based knowledge of SRHS in midlife women will inform preventive interventions for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-399
Number of pages22
JournalWomen and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 19 2015


  • disability
  • health-related factors
  • midlife
  • self-reported health status
  • socioeconomic status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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