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Rev Esp Geriatr Gerontol. 2013 Nov-Dec;48(6):272-5. doi: 10.1016/j.regg.2013.04.002. Epub 2013 Sep 14.

[Predictors of poor self-rated health in an elderly population].

[Article in Spanish]

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Grupo de Investigación en Gerontología, Departamento de Medicina, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de A Coruña, A Coruña, España.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Self-Rated Health is part of the comprehensive concept of Quality of Life and is a valid measurement of health status. The main objective of this study was to test the predictive value of some different variables on the poor Self-Rated Health among elders.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

We performed a cross-sectional study on a sample consisting of 140 participants.

MEASUREMENTS:

age, gender, level of education, environment, cognitive status, physical impairment, diseases, health perception and social support. The influence of the studied variables on the poor Self-Rated Health was performed with a logistic regression analysis and a ROC curve to establish the cut-off values for these variables with the best sensitivity and specificity to predict the poor Self-Rated Health.

RESULTS:

A poor Self-Rated Health was significantly associated with age, comorbidity, and the perception of poor functional social support, whereas no association was found with gender, environment and educational level.

CONCLUSIONS:

Old age, the number of diagnosed diseases, and functional social support are Self-Rated Health risk factors, while the characteristics and repercussions of the diseases should not be considered.

KEYWORDS:

Aging; Apoyo social; Comorbidity; Comorbilidad; Envejecimiento; Salud autopercibida; Self-Rated Health; Social support

PMID:
24042042
DOI:
10.1016/j.regg.2013.04.002
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