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

Anca Balan
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).
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.
177 Relation Between Perceived Health and "measured" Health in Women with Raised Blood Pressure in a Romanian Industrial Setting