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Self-Rated Health Worth Doctors' Attention

(Rice University) Patients' self-rated health is a better long-term predictor of illness and death than standard blood tests, blood pressure measurements or other symptomatic evidence a doctor might gather, according to a new study from Rice University.
The study … lays out mounting statistical evidence to support this conclusion.
The team led by Christopher Fagundes, a Rice assistant professor of psychology, and postdoctoral researcher Kyle Murdock found evidence to bolster their theory that self-rated health -- what you'd say when a doctor asks how you feel your health is in general -- is as good as and perhaps even better than any test to describe one's physiological condition.
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