Semantics bias in cross-national comparative analyses: is it good or bad to have "fair" health?

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Semantics bias in cross-national comparative analyses : is it good or bad to have "fair" health? / Schnohr, Christina W.; Gobina, Inese; Santos, Teresa; Mazur, Joanna; Alikasifuglu, Mujgan; Valimaa, Raili; Corell, Maria; Hagquist, Curt; Dalmasso, Paola; Movseyan, Yeva; Cavallo, Franco; van Dorsselaer, Saskia; Torsheim, Torbjorn.

I: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, Bind 14, 70, 04.05.2016, s. 1-4.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftLetterForskningfagfællebedømt

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Schnohr, CW, Gobina, I, Santos, T, Mazur, J, Alikasifuglu, M, Valimaa, R, Corell, M, Hagquist, C, Dalmasso, P, Movseyan, Y, Cavallo, F, van Dorsselaer, S & Torsheim, T 2016, 'Semantics bias in cross-national comparative analyses: is it good or bad to have "fair" health?', Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, bind 14, 70, s. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-016-0469-8

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Schnohr, C. W., Gobina, I., Santos, T., Mazur, J., Alikasifuglu, M., Valimaa, R., ... Torsheim, T. (2016). Semantics bias in cross-national comparative analyses: is it good or bad to have "fair" health? Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 14, 1-4. [70]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-016-0469-8

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Schnohr CW, Gobina I, Santos T, Mazur J, Alikasifuglu M, Valimaa R o.a. Semantics bias in cross-national comparative analyses: is it good or bad to have "fair" health? Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2016 maj 4;14:1-4. 70. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-016-0469-8

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Schnohr, Christina W. ; Gobina, Inese ; Santos, Teresa ; Mazur, Joanna ; Alikasifuglu, Mujgan ; Valimaa, Raili ; Corell, Maria ; Hagquist, Curt ; Dalmasso, Paola ; Movseyan, Yeva ; Cavallo, Franco ; van Dorsselaer, Saskia ; Torsheim, Torbjorn. / Semantics bias in cross-national comparative analyses : is it good or bad to have "fair" health?. I: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2016 ; Bind 14. s. 1-4.

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