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Medicinski pregled
2011, vol. 64, iss. 3-4, pp. 168-172
article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper
published on: 15/06/2011
doi: 10.2298/MPNS1104168M
Predictors of self-rated health of citizens on the territory of endangered political security
aUniversity of Priština - Kosovska Mitrovica, Faculty of Medicine
bUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Social Medicine

e-mail: momcilomirkovic@yahoo.com

Abstract

Introduction. Self-rated health is generally accepted by researchers as a valid measure of health status. The aims of the study were to investi­gate how the adult inhabitants of northern Kosovska Mitrovica described their health and which variables were the predictors of self-rated health status among that population. Method. The research was done as a cross-sectional study on the representative sample of 318 adult inhabitants of northern Kosovska Mitrovica in 2006. The instrument of research was a questionnaire containing questions about self-rated health and demographic and socio-economic characteristics, mental health, social interaction, possibilities of performing everyday activities, health behaviour and habits, diseases and injuries, utilization of health care service. The independent variables were defined through the factor analysis taken from these groups of questions. The multivariate stepwise linear regression was done to determine the correlation between self-rated health and independent variables. Results. More than half of the respondents (54.7%) assessed their health as good or very good. The predictors of self-rated health were gender, mood problems, myocardial infarction, chronic bronchitis, psychic and neurotic disorders, rheumatic arthritis, high blood sugar, utilization of private gynaecologist service and paying for diagnostic service. Conclusion. Most of the respondents from northern Kosovska Mitrovica assessed their own health as good or very good. Bad and very bad health was significantly associated with females, problems with mood, myocardial infarction, chronic bronchitis, psychic or neurotic disorders, rheumatoid arthritis and high blood sugar. Good and very good health was significantly associated with utilization of private gynaecologist service and paying for diagnostic service.

Keywords

Health Status; Self-Assessment; Questionnaires; Male; Female; Adult; Non Mesh: Kosovska Mitrovica

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