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Table 5 Discriminate ability of the domains in terms of levels of health status

From: Further validation of the Health Scale of Traditional Chinese Medicine (HSTCM)

  No Scores of PFNE Scores of SP Scores of SE
Mean SD 95%CI Mean SD 95%CI Mean SD 95%CI
1. Self-reported general health status
Good/very good 268 34.8 8.80 33.5–35.8 27.9 6.85 27.3–29.0 27.5 7.59 26.5–28.5
Neither poor nor good 263 45.3 9.82 44.4–46.9 36.6 6.60 35.9–37.6 32.6 7.68 31.5–33.5
Poor/very poor 78 51.2 11.77 49.1–54.6 44.4 6.78 42.9–45.9 36.5 8.09 34.8–38.6
Missing value 2 - - - - - - - - -
2. Self-reported health status change
Better 102 38.0 11.15 35.4–40.3 27.0 8.46 25.6–29.4 28.9 8.35 27.2–30.9
No change 283 39.4 11.07 38.3–41.1 32.9 7.87 32.1–34.0 29.8 8.03 28.8–30.8
Worse 226 45.5 10.90 44.2–47.3 37.8 7.79 36.8–39.0 33.0 8.26 31.8–34.1
Missing value 0 - - - - - - - - -
3. Degree of medical needs
Not at all/a little 331 37.8 9.61 36.3–38.6 30.8 8.04 30.0–31.7 29.0 7.87 27.8–29.6
A moderate amount 189 46.0 11.25 44.8–48.0 37.2 7.60 36.3–38.6 32.7 7.94 31.6–33.9
A great amount 88 45.7 13.30 43.6–49.6 37.4 9.56 36.1–40.3 34.1 8.95 32.6–36.6
Missing value 3 - - - - - - - - -
  1. Self-reported general health status is item 21 of the HSTCM; self-reported health status change is item 22 of the HSTCM; degree of medical needs is item 4 of the WHOQOL-BREF.
  2. PFNE: physical function under natural environment domain
  3. SP: spirit domain
  4. SE: social and environment domain