177 Relation Between Perceived Health And "measured" Health In Women With Raised Blood Pressure In A Romanian Industrial Setting

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Anca Balan
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Aim: To search if there is a relationship between objective health perceived health, and cardiovascular, social and perceived risks.
Design and method:
It is a cross sectional study, data were collected during one meeting using questionnaire, physical examination and blood measurements. We made 3 scales on cardiovascular risk, social risk, and perceived risk. Objective health was measured by the absence of any known disease, and perceived health was defined as self-assessment of own health. Data was processed using Epi-info 6, and then SPSS 9.
Results: The relation between perceived and objective health and the three risks was statistically significant proved by p-value tested through Pearson Chi-square. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed: objective health to be independently related to perceived risk (OR=1.20, CI 1.01-1.44), cardiovascular risk (OR=1.51, CI 1.26-1.81), perceived health (CI=3.73, CI 2.59-5.36), but not statistically significant to social risk (OR=1.05, CI .86-1.28); perceived health to be independently related to perceived risk (OR=1.26, CI 1.11-1.42), social risk (OR=1.20, CI 1.05-1.37), objective health (OR=3.79, CI 2.60-5.54) but not statistically significant to cardiovascular risk (OR=.9485, CI .8386-1.0728).
Conclusion:
It is not surprising that there is a strong relationship between perceived health and objective health, given the high odds ratios. However perceived risk and social risk, being important determinants of health, showed no more then a limited relationship with health, meaning that a future intervention using these risk factors probably needs to be preceded by an improvement among the factory workers of the important role of the regarding factors.
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177 Relation Between Perceived Health and "measured" Health in Women with Raised Blood Pressure in a Romanian Industrial Setting