TitleThe association of daily physical symptoms with future health.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLeger, KA, Charles, ST, Ayanian, JZ, Almeida, DM
JournalSoc Sci Med
Date Published2015 Oct
KeywordsAdult, Aged, Diagnostic Self Evaluation, Female, Forecasting, Health Status, Health Surveys, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Symptom Assessment, United States

<p><b>RATIONALE: </b>Daily physical symptoms play a critical role in health and illness experiences. Despite their daily prevalence, the ability of these symptoms to predict future health status is debated.</p><p><b>OBJECTIVE: </b>The current study examined whether physical symptom reports predict future health outcomes independent of trait measures of emotion.</p><p><b>METHODS: </b>Participants (N = 1189) who completed both Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Surveys I and II as well as the National Study of Daily Experiences (NSDE) reported their daily physical symptoms at baseline and number of reported chronic conditions and functional disability nearly 10 years later.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Physical symptoms at baseline significantly predicted the occurrence of chronic conditions and functional impairment at long-term follow-up, even after adjusting for self-reported affect, self-reported health, and previous health status.</p><p><b>CONCLUSION: </b>Findings suggest that daily physical symptoms are unique indicators of future health status.</p>

Alternate JournalSoc Sci Med
PubMed ID26364011
PubMed Central IDPMC4601935
Grant ListP01AG020166 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG042431 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
UL1 TR001425 / TR / NCATS NIH HHS / United States
P01 AG020166 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG019239 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01AG042431 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U19 AG051426 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States