Older adults under a mixed regime of infectious and chronic diseases

Rafael Samper Ternent, Alejandra Michaels-Obregon, Rebeca Wong, Alberto Palloni

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Abstract

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 wellbeing 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-495
Number of pages9
JournalSalud Publica de Mexico
Volume54
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Communicable Diseases
Chronic Disease
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Logistic Models
Regression Analysis

Keywords

  • Chronic diseases
  • Infectious diseases
  • Mexico
  • Mixed epidemiological regime
  • Older adults

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Older adults under a mixed regime of infectious and chronic diseases. / Samper Ternent, Rafael; Michaels-Obregon, Alejandra; Wong, Rebeca; Palloni, Alberto.

In: Salud Publica de Mexico, Vol. 54, No. 5, 09.2012, p. 487-495.

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Samper Ternent, Rafael ; Michaels-Obregon, Alejandra ; Wong, Rebeca ; Palloni, Alberto. / Older adults under a mixed regime of infectious and chronic diseases. In: Salud Publica de Mexico. 2012 ; Vol. 54, No. 5. pp. 487-495.
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