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    Title: Self-Reported Prevalence and Medication Status of the Major Aging-Associated Chronic Diseases in Older Adults in Taiwan Results of a Cross-Sectional National Survey
    Authors: J. C. Liou;M. C. Chang;A. C. Tsai
    Contributors: Institute of Healthcare Administration, Asia University
    Keywords: chronic diseases;hypertension;elderlyself-report;Taiwan
    Date: 2006-04-01
    Issue Date: 2009-10-13 14:53:45 (UTC+8)
    Publisher: Asia University
    Abstract: Objective The objective of this study is to gain an understanding of the self-reported prevalence
    of major aging-associated chronic diseases and conditions in elder Taiwanese.
    Design and method--The data of this report were from “The Survey of Health and Living Status
    of the Elderly in Taiwan (SHLSET),” a study involving a national representative sample of 4915 adults,
    53 years or older. Face-to-face interviews elicited information on health and living status of participants.
    This report deals with the “self-reported prevalence” of the major aging-associated chronic diseases.
    Results The study revealed that women have higher self-reported prevalence of hypertension,
    diabetes mellitus, heart disease and osteoarthritis. Thirty-eight percent of women compared to 31% of
    men, 53 years or older, self-reported hypertension. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus was also higher
    for women than for men, averaging 16% and 13%, respectively. Similarly, the prevalence of
    self-reported heart disease was 22% for women and 16% for men. Women also had higher
    osteoarthritis, low-back pain and hip-fracture. Men had higher respiratory disorders (16% vs. 11%) and
    gout (9% vs. 5%).
    Conclusion Hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, low back pain
    and hip-fracture are the major aging-related chronic diseases among elderly Taiwanese. “Self-report”
    appears to be a useful tool for gaining an overview of the prevalence of the aging-associated chronic
    diseases. Such information is valuable for the health-care planners in planning strategic preventive
    programs to reduce the adverse impacts of these aging-associated chronic diseases.
    Relation: Asian Journal of Health and Information Sciences 1(1):16-30
    Appears in Collections:[Asian Journal of Health and Information Sciences] v.1 n.1

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