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Self-rated health




Healthy people


Self-rated health


Proportion of the population by perceived health.


Self-rated health, also referred to as perceived health, is an indicator of overall health status. Self-rated health refers to the perception of a person's health in general, either by the person themselves, or, in the case of proxy response, by the person responding to the survey questionnaire on behalf of the intended respondent. Health means not only the absence of disease or injury but also physical, mental and social well-being. Self-rated health reflects aspects of health not captured in other measures, such as: incipient disease, disease severity, aspects of positive health status, physiological and psychological reserves and social and mental function.

This indicator is measured in a number of Statistics Canada surveys.

In the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) and the Canadian Social Survey (CSS), survey respondents are asked:

In general, how is your health?

  • Excellent
  • Very good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor

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This indicator aligns with the following frameworks:

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