Disabilities differ among countries
Elderly men from Italy and The Netherlands had approximately 50% more self-reported disabilities than those from Finland. The performance-based limitation score was highest in Italy and lowest in The Netherlands. The number of self-reported disabilities was positively related to the performance-based limitations score and that relation did not differ among countries.
Self-reported disability score relates to performance-based limitation score
Cross-sectional analysis showed that the mean self-reported disability score had a graded relation to the performance-based limitation score in the FINE study. This was confirmed in prosprective data analysis carried out in the Zutphen Elderly Study.
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