Validity of self-reported hypertension: findings from the Thai Cohort Study compared to physician telephone interview

Prasutr Thawornchaisit, Ferdinandus J de Looze, Christopher Michael Reid, Sam Ang Seubsman, Adrian Sleigh, Jaruwan Chokhanapitak, Suttanit Hounthasarn, Suwanee Khamman, Daoruang Pandee, Suttinan Pangsap, Tippawan Prapamontol, Janya Puengson, Boonchai Somboonsook, Nintita Sripaiboonkij, Pathumvadee Somsamai, Duangkae Vilainerun, Wanee Wimonwattanaphan, Cha-aim Pachanee, Arunrat Tangmunkongvorakul, Benjawan TawatsupaWimalin Rimpeekool, Tewarit Somkotra, Chris Bain, Emily Banks, Cathy Banwell, Bruce K Caldwell, Gordon Carmichael, Tarie Dellora, Jane Dixon, Sharon Friel, David Harley, Matthew Kelly, Tord Kjellstrom, Lynette L-Y Lim, Anthony J McMichael, Tanya Mark, Lyndall M Strazdins, Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, Susan Jordan, Janneke Berecki-Gisolf, Roderick John McClure

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Surveys for chronic diseases, and large epidemiological studies of their determinants, often acquire data through self-report since it is feasible and efficient. We examined validity and associations of self-reported hypertension, as verified by physician telephone interview among participants in a large ongoing Thai Cohort Study (TCS). The TCS investigates the health-risk transition among distance learning Open University students living all over Thailand. It began in 2005 and at 4-year follow-up, 60 569 self-reported having or not having doctor diagnosed hypertension. Two hundred and forty participants were randomly selected from each of the hypertension and normotension self-report groups. A Thai physician conducted a structured telephone interview with the sampled participants and classified them as having hypertension or normotension. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value (PPV and NPV) and overall accuracy of self-report were calculated. The sensitivity of self-reported hypertension was 82.4 and the specificity was 70.7 . As true prevalence was simulated to vary from 1 to 50 the overall accuracy of self-report varied little from 71 to 75 . High sensitivity and negative predictive value related to female gender, younger age (?40 years), higher education attainment and not visiting a physician in the last 12 months. High specificity and positive predictive value related to female gender, older age, higher education attainment and visiting a doctor in the previous year. Self-report of hypertension had high sensitivity and good overall accuracy. This is acceptable for use in large studies of hypertension, and for estimating its population prevalence to help formulate health policy in Thailand.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 11
Number of pages11
JournalGlobal Journal of Health Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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