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Table 1 Descriptive Statistics for all Waves, and Non-Survivors at Wave 1

From: The choice of self-rated health measures matter when predicting mortality: evidence from 10 years follow-up of the Australian longitudinal study of ageing

  Wave 1 Wave 2 Wave 3 Wave 4 Wave 5 Wave 6 Wave 7
  Total Non-Survivor Total Total Total Total Total Total
  N = 1733 N = 1228 N = 1522 N = 1451 N = 1301 N = 998 N = 740 N = 439
Global SRH (TV)         
- poor 9.3% 12.2% 11.0% 6.7% 10.4% 10.1% 5.3% 6.9%
- fair 22.3% 25.7% 25.0% 25.0% 23.2% 25.5% 22.4% 26.8%
- good 30.0% 30.5% 29.7% 34.3% 31.6% 32.5% 34.7% 41.5%
- very good 29.5% 24.8% 26.2% 26.1% 27.4% 25.0% 27.7% 20.9%
- excellent 8.9% 6.8% 8.1% 7.9% 7.5% 7.0% 9.8% 3.9%
Age-Comp SRH (TV)         
-worse 7.4% 9.1% 7.1%     4.0% 4.3%
- same 32.2% 34.1% 31.3%     36.7% 35.9%
- better 60.4% 56.8% 61.6%    59.3% 59.8%  
Self-Comp SRH (TV)         
-not as good 30.3% 35.4% 36.0% 39.3% 37.5% 43.8% 37.4% 41.6%
- same 56.5% 51.6% 55.4% 50.1% 55.6% 48.0% 52.6% 48.8%
- better 13.1% 12.9% 8.6% 10.6% 6.9% 8.2% 10.% 9.7%
Male 52.6% 58.3% 52.1% 50.1% 49.2% 46.0% 43.8% 38.7%
<$12 000 35.7% 39.5%       
$12 001 - $20 000 45.2% 43.6%       
$20 001 - $30 000 11.4% 9.6%       
$30 001 - $50 000 6.2% 5.7%       
> $50 000 1.4% 1.5%       
≥15 Years Education a 56.0% 41.4%       
Partnered b (TV) 64.6% 59.9%   48.9%    19.4% 9.8%
Residential Care c (TV) 6.0% 9.4%   7.8%    14.2% 12.3%
Smoker 8.6% 10.0%       
Ex Smoker 43.3% 44.2%       
Non-Smoker 48.1% 45.8%       
   Mean (Standard Deviation)         
Age (TV) 78.7 (6.72) 80.7 (6.37) 79.3 (6.60) 80.0 (6.53) 80.5 (6.40) 81.7 (6.08) 83.6 (5.59) 84.8 (4.77)
Conditions (TV) 2.86 (2.15) 2.94 (2.21)   4.03 (2.53)    4.03 (2.83) 5.18 (3.27)
Medications (TV) 3.26 (2.39) 3.58 (2.43)   3.99 (2.73)    3.89 (2.79)  
ADLs (TV) 0.41 (1.10) 0.52 (1.23) 0.55 (1.43) 1.15 (1.91) 1.10 (1.85) 1.20 (2.08) 1.28 (2.03) 0.84 (1.54)
IADLs (TV) 0.86 (1.58) 1.06 (1.74) 1.33 (2.13) 1.25 (1.45) 0.94 (1.70) 0.90 (1.55) 1.93 (1.84) 0.74 (1.46)
MMSE (TV) 26.90 (4.15) 26.24 (4.60)   27.33 (2.76)    28.06 (2.29) 25.89 (3.71)
Depressive Symptoms (TV) 8.41 (7.49) 9.26 (7.75)   8.36 (7.39)    8.84 (6.89) 5.60 (7.45)
  1. Note: TV = Time-Varying Variables; ADL = Activities of Daily Living; IADL = Instrumental Activities of Daily Living; MMSE = Mini Mental State Examination Score. Reference Category a - ≤ 14 Years Education; b - Not Partnered; c - Community Dwelling.