Intermediate Health Outcomes Of Reported Mor Bidity

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Addis Abeba Universty


A cohort study was carried out in the Keffa Region of Southwestern Ethiopia to investigate intermed i ate (six month) hea l th status outcomes of reported morbidity and identify their determinants. At both the initial (time 1) and six month follow up survey (time 2), cough, diarrheas, fever, musculoskeletal disorders, and abdominal conditions (worms, cramps) were the most frequently re ported illnesses. Those who were ill at time 1 were as likely to remain ill (46%) as to get better (54%) at time 2. While less likely to become ill, 38% of those well at time 1 reported an illness at time 2. By the sixth month follow-up death had occurred most frequently among those who had eye disease and fever at time 1 (7.8% and 7.7%) respectively. From the 516 subjects who were ill at time 1, only 5 . 0% repo rted the same complaint at time 2 . Important pred i ctors for morbidity at T1, based upon multiple regression , were level of education, marital staus, and sanita ry practices. Important predictors of illness at T2 were traditional practices, type of housing, and age. This invest igation has shown that reported morbidity is assoc i ated with seve ral intermediate adverse health consequences and has quantified the relative impact of These findings morbidity in further emphasize identifying pri ority specific illness categories. the importance of repo rted health problems and in assessing a population's health status.



Intermediate Health Outcomes