Health  Vol.6 No.16 , September 2014
Self-Rated Health in University Students from Rio Branco in the Western Brazilian Amazon
Abstract: The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and associated factors of unsatisfactory self-rated health in university students. A cross-sectional study was conducted in graduate students of a Public University in the city of Rio Branco in the Western Brazilian Amazon. The overall prevalence of unsatisfactory self-rated health was 23.0%. After adjusting for gender and age, the factors associated with unsatisfactory self-rated health were as follows: sedentarism during leisure time (prevalence ratio (PR): 2.26; 95% CI: 1.56 - 3.29), consuming meals only in restaurants (PR: 1.48; 95% CI: 1.14 - 1.94), insomnia (PR: 1.86; 95% CI: 1.50 - 2.30), headaches (PR: 2.17; 95% CI: 1.52 - 3.09), and back pain (PR: 2.03; 95% CI: 1.58 - 2.60). Thus, a high prevalence of unsatisfactory self-rated health was identified in this group of university students. The findings suggest immediate implementation of programs to promote healthy behaviors and to prevent headaches, back pain and insomnia.
Cite this paper: de Mendonça Freire, L. , Dalamaria, T. , de Aquino Cunha, M. and de Souza, O. (2014) Self-Rated Health in University Students from Rio Branco in the Western Brazilian Amazon. Health, 6, 2245-2249. doi: 10.4236/health.2014.616260.

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