Health status, health perception, and health promotion behaviors of low-income community dwelling elderly

Taewha Lee, Il Sun Ko, Kyung Ja Lee, Kyeong Hwa Kang

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PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to investigate the health status(present illness, ADL and IADL), health perception, and health promotion behaviors of low-income elderly who are receiving the visiting nurse service in the community. METHOD: The sample of the study was 735 elderly over 65 years old with basic livelihood security, who were conveniently selected from 245 public health centers nation-wide. Data collection was done using a structured questionnaire through interviews by visiting nurses. RESULT: The average number of present illnesses in the study subjects was 4.18. The average scores of ADL and IADL were 15.903.39 and 9.772.97 respectively, which indicates a relatively independent everyday life. However, 64.2% of the subjects perceived their health status as 'not healthy'. In terms of health promotion behaviors, 77.8% of the subjects had ceased smoking, 83.9% stopped drinking, 56.4% had a regular diet, 45.8% received regular physical check-ups during the past two years, and 66% received flu shots. Approximately 50% of the subjects were practicing 3-4 health promotion behaviors. Significant factors associated with health promotion behaviors were ADL, IADL and self-efficacy. CONCLUSION: Health promotion programs which focus on regular diet, exercise, and regular physical check-ups should be developed to improve independence of everyday life and quality of life among low-income elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-261
Number of pages10
JournalTaehan Kanho Hakhoe chi
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jan 1

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Independent Living
Health Promotion
Health Status
Activities of Daily Living
Health
Community Health Nurses
Quality of Life
Diet
Self Efficacy
Drinking
Public Health
Smoking
Interviews
Exercise

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Lee, Taewha ; Ko, Il Sun ; Lee, Kyung Ja ; Kang, Kyeong Hwa. / Health status, health perception, and health promotion behaviors of low-income community dwelling elderly. In: Taehan Kanho Hakhoe chi. 2005 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 252-261.
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In: Taehan Kanho Hakhoe chi, Vol. 35, No. 2, 01.01.2005, p. 252-261.

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