SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.54 issue5Desarrollo de un cuestionario didáctico para conocer la ingestión de verduras y frutas de niños en el receso escolar: estudio pilotoFacility-based care for delivery and management of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth in Mexico author indexsubject indexsearch form
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Salud Pública de México

Print version ISSN 0036-3634

Abstract

SAMPER-TERNENT, Rafael; MICHAELS-OBREGON, Alejandra; WONG, Rebeca  and  PALLONI, Alberto. Older adults under a mixed regime of infectious and chronic diseases. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2012, vol.54, n.5, pp. 487-495. ISSN 0036-3634.

OBJECTIVE: Analyze the impact of a mixed regime of infectious and chronic conditions among older adults in Mexico on their health progression. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 12 207 adults from the Mexican Health and Aging Study were included. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to assess the relationship between self-reported health (SRH) and covariates, including infectious and chronic diseases. Changes in SRH between 2001-2003 were analyzed using multinomial analysis. RESULTS: Older age, low SES, poor SRH and type of disease at baseline increase the odds of poor SRH at follow-up. Odds of poor SRH are highest for persons with both types of diseases (OR 2.63, SE 0.24), followed by only chronic (OR 1.86; SE 0.12) and finally only infectious (OR 1.55; SE 0.25). CONCLUSION: Mexico is experiencing a mixed regime of diseases that affects the health and wellbe-ing of older adults. Despite the rising importance of chronic diseases in countries like Mexico, it is premature to disregard the relevance of infectious diseases for public health.

Keywords : older adults; mixed epidemiological regime; infectious diseases; chronic diseases; Mexico.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in English     · pdf in English