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Int J Equity Health. 2012 Aug 16;11:44. doi: 10.1186/1475-9276-11-44.

Self-reported chronic diseases and health status and health service utilization--results from a community health survey in Singapore.

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Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR), National Health Group, Singapore. pradeep_paul_g_gunapal@nhg.com.sg

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.

PMID:
22894180
PMCID:
PMC3490941
DOI:
10.1186/1475-9276-11-44
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