Table 1

Baseline data and outcomes in relation to self-rated health

 Self-rated health n (%)
PoorPretty poorSomewhat goodPretty goodVery goodp Value for overall difference
n=964 (1.3)n=3790 (5.2)n=15 276 (21.1)n=33 543 (46.2)n=18 600 (25.6)
VariableMean (SD)/N (per cent)
Age, mean48.1 (8.9)48.2 (9.3)48.2 (9.8)46.3 (9.7)45.7 (9.4)<0.001
Men368 (38.2)1460 (38.5)7118 (46.6)16 411 (49.9)9185 (49.4)
Women569 (61.8)2330 (61.5)8158 (53.4)17 132 (51.1)9415 (50.6)<0.001
Systolic BP mm Hg mean128.4 (18.7)128.4 (18.4)128.7 (18.4)126.5 (17.5)124.9 (16.2)<0.001
Total cholesterol mmol/L mean5.7 (1.3)5.7 (1.2)5.7 (1.2)5.6 (1.2)5.5 (1.2)<0.001
BMI kg/m2 mean26.7 (4.9)26.5 (4.7)26.4 (4.4)25.5 (3.9)24.9 (3.5)<0.001
Smoking, cigarettes daily yes/no225 (23.8)785 (21.1)3067 (20.4)5921 (17.9)2595 (14.2)<0.001
Diabetes mellitus yes/no54 (6.0)212 (6.0)837 (5.9)1101 (3.5)423 (2.4)<0.001
High educational level yes/no195 (20.5)826 (21.9)3027 (20.0)7929 (23.8)5224 (28.3)<0.001
Physically active yes/no135 (14.1)419 (11.1)1556 (10.2)4328 (12.9)3621 (19.5)<0.001
Antihypertensive treatment yes/no137 (14.2)512 (13.5)2000 (13.1)2689 (8.0)713 (3.8)<0.001
Fatal or non-fatal myocardial infarction37 (3.8)120 (3.2)578 (3.8)921 (2.7)406 (2.2)<0.001
  • Västerbotten Intervention Programme. Recruitment period from 1990 to 2004.

  • BMI, body mass index; BP, blood pressure.