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Titolo:
Studies on common illnesses and medical care utilization patterns of adolescents in Hong Kong
Autore:
Lau, JTF; Yu, A; Cheung, JCK; Leung, SSF;
Indirizzi:
Chinese Univ Hong Kong, Ctr Clin Trials & Epidemiol Res, Hong Kong, Peoples R China Chinese Univ Hong Kong Hong Kong Peoples R China Kong, Peoples R China Chinese Univ Hong Kong, Dept Paediat, Fac Med, Hong Kong, Peoples R China Chinese Univ Hong Kong Hong Kong Peoples R China Kong, Peoples R China Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hosp, Dept Paediat, Hong Kong, Peoples R China Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hosp Hong Kong Peoples R China R China
Titolo Testata:
JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH
fascicolo: 6, volume: 27, anno: 2000,
pagine: 443 - 452
SICI:
1054-139X(200012)27:6<443:SOCIAM>2.0.ZU;2-P
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO-SMOKE; AIR-POLLUTION INTERVENTION; PRIMARY-SCHOOL CHILDREN; BRONCHIAL RESPONSIVENESS; RESPIRATORY HEALTH; PREVALENCE; BENEFITS; YOUTH;
Keywords:
adolescence; health status; adolescent health services utilization; Hong Kong;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Medicine
Citazioni:
38
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Lau, JTF Chinese Univ Hong Kong, Prince Wales Hosp, Ctr Clin Trials & Epidemiol Res, Shatin, Hong Kong, Peoples R China Chinese Univ Hong Kong Shatin Hong Kong Peoples R China R China
Citazione:
J.T.F. Lau et al., "Studies on common illnesses and medical care utilization patterns of adolescents in Hong Kong", J ADOLES H, 27(6), 2000, pp. 443-452

Abstract

Purpose: To estimate the prevalences of common illnesses in Hong Kong adolescents, the sociodemographic and selected risk factors associated with these illnesses, and their health care utilization behavior and attitudes. Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey of 3355 participating secondary school students (response rate = 98%). Results: Self-reported S-month prevalences were obtained for cough/cold/influenza (55.2%), digestive disorders (34.6%), accidental injuries (29.5%), headache/dizziness (23.6%), chronic anxiety/insomnia (20.1%), skin problems(9.5%), asthma (3.8%), liver disease (1.3%), and menstrual pain (13.8% of female students). Self-perceived poor health, smoking, and alcohol consumption were associated with many of these illnesses. Treatment choice dependedon the illness suffered (e.g, most students with respiratory problems consulted medical practitioners, whereas most with chronic anxiety/insomnia didnot). Many students lacked trust in their doctors, doctor-shopped, relied heavily on self-medication, did not comply with prescribed treatments, would not seek help about medical problems, felt they had insufficient access to health information, and wanted confidential health care. Conclusions: This study examined for the first time the common illnesses and health care utilization patterns of Hong Kong adolescents. Students withchronic anxiety/insomnia were much less likely to seek care, indicating a need for better education on mental health. Efforts to prevent smoking and alcohol consumption among adolescents need to be strengthened. The students' attitudes, poor compliance and help-seeking behaviors suggest suboptimal use of the health care system. Our findings are useful for international comparisons by medical practitioners, health care managers, and researchers. (C) Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2000.

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