Analyze health with assessment

analyze health with assessment

The simplest and most difficult way to analyze health is with self assessments. This is where you take something subjective and try to make it objective. It works, and what is required is patience, honesty, self-knowledge and an understanding that it is just an assessment.

Per Olsson, Strength stairs

Assessment, or rather self-assessment, is one of the easiest and most difficult ways to analyze health. Easiest because everyone can have an opinion about something. Most difficult because there are challenges to do about something that is largely emotion-based to a measure. We put figures on emotions.

What is needed to work with estimation is patience, honesty, self-knowledge. Most importantly is an insight that it is just an estimate or self-evaluation.

The way we can solve it is by finding something that is comparable over time and it can be done without introducing absolute numbers, so I have chosen to let this post be about an example where you carry out a self-assessment and based on that we draw a conclusion.

This way you can create even more parameters to keep track of the results of exercise, nutrition and recovery.

Sleep quality

The simplest example I can think of is sleep. Sleep is something we always can relate to. You had a hard time going to sleep, you woke up several times during the night, you slept bad, heavy, deep and good is examples I think many persons recognize.

Lets say we have three questions about sleep:

  • How easy was it to fall asleep?
  • How good did you sleep after falling asleep?
  • How well-rested did you feel when you woke up?

For simplicity we use a scale of 1-2 where 1 is not at all/bad/a little and 2 is really easy/good/a lot.

With the above parameters an assessment could look like this (wrong alternative is strike through):

Based on the last 7 days

  • How easy was it to fall asleep?
    • not at all(1)/really easy(2)
  • How good did you sleep after falling asleep?
    • bad(1)/good(2)
  • How well-rested did you feel when you woke up?
    • a little(1)/a lot(2)

This sums up to 1+2+2 = 5. Lets say we create two interval where one (up to 4) means I need to change something and the other (5 and up) means I could continue as I do today, we draw conclusions and based on those we can continue working for a sustainable health.

So it is possible to develop a questionnaire, find answer alternatives and then a scale where you draw conclusions from the sums you get. Then you can use the same form time and time again to compare results.

This is a simplified example, more to show how you could do rather than use as an actual tool. Take help the first times you make self-assessments, or stick to measurements and tests if it feels easier and better.

Summary

  • It is good to weigh different results together to get a holistic picture, the results themselves can be used individually over time for your own comparisons.
  • These are very simple examples. There are professionals in assessments, and that is psychologists and behavioral scientists. I think it is important to have that with you that in order to delve into the depth of emotional registers you may need professional help based on research and science.
  • Just as important as all the estimates above are how one perform / function in different situations, how one sleep and how one get the right kind of sleep, what you eat and how much self-assessments is one of several important elements needed to build a sustainable health.

If you want to know or discuss more about assessments, feel free to contact me on the contact us page!

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Per Olsson

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