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|Title:||Self-reported chronic diseases and health status and health service utilization - results from a community health survey in Singapore|
De Castro Molina, J.
Wei Lin, N.
|Citation:||International Journal for Equity in Health, 2012; 11(1):44-1-44-7|
|Pradeep Paul George, Bee Hoon Heng, Joseph Antonio De Castro Molina, Lai Yin Wong, Ng Charis Wei Lin, and Jason Tian Seng Cheah|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVE: To report the extent of self-reported chronic diseases, self-rated health status (SRH) and healthcare utilization among residents in 1-2 room Housing Development Board (HDB) apartments in Toa Payoh. MATERIALS & METHODS: The study population included a convenience sample of residents from 931 housing development board (HDB) units residing in 1-2 room apartments in Toa Payoh. Convenience sampling was used since logistics precluded random selection. Trained research assistants carried out the survey. Results were presented as descriptive summary. RESULTS: Respondents were significantly older, 48.3% reported having one or more chronic diseases, 32% have hypertension, 16.8% have diabetes, and 7.6% have asthma. Median SRH score was seven. Hospital inpatient utilization rate were highest among Indian ethnic group, unemployed, no income, high self-rated health (SRH) score, and respondents with COPD, renal failure and heart disease. Outpatient utilization rate was significantly higher among older respondents, females, and those with high SRH scores (7-10). CONCLUSIONS: The findings confirming that residents living in 1-2 room HDB apartments are significantly older, with higher rates of chronic diseases, health care utilization than national average, will aid in healthcare planning to address their needs.|
|Keywords:||Ambulatory Care; Health Services|
|Rights:||© 2012 George et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.|
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