Navigation Links
Self-rated health puts aging and health needs on the agenda
Date:10/23/2013

Implementation of national surveys where the population can estimate and assess their own health may give policy makers important insights into the different health interventions that should be implemented. According Siddhivinayak Hirve, PhD student at Ume University, this may include a simple tool that harmonizes the assessment of health in developing countries with the rest of the world.

When the World Health Organization, WHO, conducted a study of aging in a global context and health among adults, in 2007, they asked the simple question "In general, how would you rate your health today?" The results showed that every other elderly person, over 50, who lived in rural areas in India said that they felt very bad, bad, or moderate.

In his thesis, Siddhivinayak Hirve has examined the factors that influence the assessment of own estimated health in older individuals in the population in rural India. The thesis shows that women report worse health than men. Self-reported health also deteriorated with age. The effect of age in terms of self-rated health was affected by participants' ability to move, ability to see, hearing, relationships, pain, sleeping problems, and more.

"Smoking and use of tobacco were factors that could be linked to at least one chronic disease, which in turn affected the self-reported health effects," says Siddhivinayak Hirve. "Our studies also demonstrate that a large social network results in better self-rated health and also a higher quality of life."

A four-year follow-up study that Siddhivinayak Hirve has conducted showed that the risk of dying was larger in those who reported poorer health compared with those who reported that they had good or very good health at the start of the study. For men, there was an increase in the risk of death by up to 300 per cent, and among women the corresponding risk increased up to 64 per cent, during the monitoring period. Furthermore, the risk of dying increased by about 70 per cent in those who did not have a life partner, husband/wife in life. This risk factor was most evident among men.

There were also differences in the way people reported self-rated health. Those who had higher education or higher socioeconomic status were found to have lower thresholds for reporting poor health, and also had higher expectations and set higher standards for their health, compared to people with lower education and socioeconomic status.

Siddhivinayak Hirve concludes, based on his findings, that it is possible to use information on self-rated health from major national surveys, such as the planning of health care, even in small, isolated areas.

"My goal of this thesis has been to put aging on the agenda, both among scholars and policy makers," says Siddhivinayak Hirve. "This is particularly important in countries where it has a rapidly aging population. The value of asking the simple question, "In general, how do you feel today?" Is very high and can be very helpful to identify health needs, and plan for targeted interventions in health. This is particularly true in developing countries."

He also points out that measurements of self-rated health provides a driving force to strengthen research on health for the adult and aging populations in low-and middle-income countries that harmonize with international research.


'/>"/>

Contact: Siddhivinayak Hirve
sidbela@vsnl.com
41-762-380-432
Umea University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. You Survived Cancer: Now Pay Attention to Your Overall Health
2. NIH awards $20 million over 5 years to train next generation of global health researchers
3. Weill Cornell Medical College establishes Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy
4. Esophageal Cancer Surgery Can Leave Lingering Health Problems, Study Says
5. Climate Change Could Be Tough on Seniors Health: Study
6. Supporting LGB children may influence their long-term health, BU study finds
7. U.S. Spends Too Little on Public Health Initiatives: Report
8. Optimal care of bariatric surgery patients vital for long-term health and well-being
9. Timing pregnancy an important health concern for women
10. Unique approach needed to accurately assess health of young adult cancer survivors
11. Social ties have mixed impact on encouraging healthy behaviors in low-income areas
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... Lowe acts as host and helps educate and inform the public using the “Informed” ... reconnect with America as it explores some of the best places to hike and ... inventive new place for a family vacation, and have discovered hiking. Many will agree ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... Happened in the Garden of Eden”: retells the stories of three Bible figures in modern ... author, Penelope Colt, mother, trader, horse farmer, artist and a former GM journeyman. Born ... At six, they moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Penny graduated high school. At sixteen, ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Dr. Alan I. Benvenisty, MD is ... York City. He is known for his distinguished expertise and experience in the diagnosis ... holds sub-specialty training in treating renovascular disease and aortic aneurysm . He is ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Patients who want to receive cosmetic dentistry procedures ... Dr. Joseph Bedich for a consultation, with or without a referral. Dr. Bedich enjoys ... functionality. , Dr. Bedich offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services at ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... Lehi, Utah (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... “Super Sick Kids: The Surprising Truth about Pediatric Septic Shock” hosted by the Journal ... 31, 2017, at 2 p.m. Eastern time, will be presented by Captain Rommie Duckworth, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/22/2017)... May 22, 2017  Lilac Corp, the company ... the launch of a new website . ... of a clinical study that showed surprising clearance ... Gene-Eden-VIR/Novirin in individuals suffering from HPV warts, precancerous, ... there are no other treatments that clear the ...
(Date:5/18/2017)... , May 17, 2017  Bayer announced today ... portfolio will be presented at the 53 rd ... (ASCO), taking place June 2-6 in Chicago ... at ASCO span prostate, colorectal, liver and thyroid cancers, ... from the Phase II CHRONOS-1 trial of copanlisib in ...
(Date:5/12/2017)... , May 12, 2017  The China and Canada ... technology that consumes less water, energy and detergent, and features a ... product LaughingU, a shoebox-sized washing machine that washes and sanitizes women,s ... ... LaughingU, is compact, and does not require an external water inlet. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: