Title: Distribution of self-reported health in India: The role of income and geography
Authors: Ajay Shah, Renuka Sane, Ila Patnaik, S. V. Subramaniam
Discussant: Naman K Shah

We conducted the 16th Consumer Pyramids Research Seminar on 10 Feb 2022 at 07.30 PM IST.

Event Summary

Dr Ajay Shah from xKDR Forum presented a paper on the distribution of self-reported health in India, which he co-authored with Ila Patnaik, Renuka Sane, and S.V. Subramaniam. The seminar was attended by over 100 participants, who posed many engaging questions and comments.

SRH is a health outcome measure that has not been explored widely in the Indian context. The authors of this study aimed to establish foundational facts on the distribution of SRH in India. The presentation highlighted their findings on variation of ill-health across India, with a focus on the impact of geography and income. During the time frame of 6 waves (January 2018-December 2019) the overall average ill-health rate was 3.25%. Income, age, and location were found to have significant correlates with ill-health. There was substantial variation seen across the homogeneous regions of the country and Shah highlighted the importance of studying ill-health through the homogeneous regions rather than states in their entirety. Higher income was correlated with better health in 40% of India, with the rest of the country showing inverse or no correlation.

Dr. Naman Shah, the discussant for the paper, emphasized drawing the distinction between objective and subjective health. Shah suggested looking further into interactions such as the role of gender and location in ill health distribution. Possible explanations for the trends observed in income and ill-health were explored and Shah mentioned additional references that are closely associated with the findings of this study.

Dr. Ajay Shah discussed questions and possible future directions of research with the audience at the end of the webinar.

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