Table 1

Sum scores
Construct Variable specification
Impairment Problems with …
…vision
…hearing
…speaking
…body mass index (i.e. over 30 or under 16)
…urinary incontinence
…defecation
…feeling weak, tired, or a lack of energy
…sleeping
…tachycardia
Range of sum index: 0-9
Pain Pain in…
…head
…chest
…stomach
…back
…hands
…joints
Range of sum index: 0-6
Activity & Problems with independently…
participation …walking
limitation …eating
…getting up from bed or chair
…dressing
…using the toilet
…taking a shower or bath
…preparing meals
…using a telephone
…doing the laundry
…caring for finances/accounting
…using public transport
…doing major household tasks
…doing shopping
Range of sum index: 0-13
Social support Having…
…no feelings of loneliness
…no feeling of missing someone to turn to
…at least one supportive family member
…someone to turn to
Range of sum index: 0-4
Social network utilization At least weekly…
…visits from family
…phone calls with family
…visits from friends
…phone calls with friends
…participation in clubs/associations/parties
Range of sum index: 0-5

Construction rules of sum indices for functioning (pain, impairment, activity and participation limitation) and social integration (social support and social network utilization) from 37 dichotomous (yes=1/no=0) variables. Reproduced from [15].

Fellinghauer et al.

Fellinghauer et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:655   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-655

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