Dimensions of self-rated health in older adults

Authors

  • Flávia Silva Arbex Borim Universidade Estadual de Campinas; Faculdade de Ciências Médicas
  • Anita Liberalesso Neri Universidade Estadual de Campinas; Faculdade de Ciências Médicas
  • Priscila Maria Stolses Bergamo Francisco Universidade Estadual de Campinas; Faculdade de Ciências Médicas; Departamento de Saúde Coletiva
  • Marilisa Berti de Azevedo Barros Universidade Estadual de Campinas; Faculdade de Ciências Médicas; Departamento de Saúde Coletiva

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/S0034-8910.2014048005243

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To analyze the association between negative self-rated health and indicators of health, wellbeing and sociodemographic variables in older adults. METHODS Cross-sectional study that used data from a population-based health survey with a probability cluster sample that was carried out in Campinas, SP, Southeastern Brazil,, in 2008 and 2009. The participants were older adults (≥ 60 years) and the dependent variable was self-rated health, categorized as: excellent, very good, good, bad and very bad. The adjusted prevalence ratios were estimated by means of Poisson multiple regression. RESULTS The highest prevalences of bad/very bad self-rated health were observed in the individuals who never attended school, in those with lower level of schooling, with monthly per capita family income lower than one minimum salary. Individuals who scored five or more in the physical health indicator also had bad self-rated health, as well as those who scored five or more in the Self-Reporting Questionnaire 20 and those who did not refer feeling happiness all the time. CONCLUSIONS The independent effects of material life conditions, physical and mental health and subjective wellbeing, observed in self-rated health, suggest that older adults can benefit by health policies supported by a global and integrative view of old age.

Published

2014-10-01

How to Cite

Borim, F. S. A., Neri, A. L., Francisco, P. M. S. B., & Barros, M. B. de A. (2014). Dimensions of self-rated health in older adults . Revista De Saúde Pública, 48(5), 714-722. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0034-8910.2014048005243

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