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Bailey, Camesha; Uche, Chukwudum
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Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
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Correlates of health status among the economically active population In Jamaica
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SALISES Seventh Annual Conference: Social Policy Challenges in the Post-Independence Era
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March 29-31, 2006
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Barbados
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27
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http:; www.cavehill.uwi.edu/salises/conferences/conf_2006.htm
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Abstract
Examines the correlates of health status in the economically active population in Jamaica using data from the Surveys of Living Conditions 1996 and 2001. The surveys are national two-stage stratified random samples yielding sample sizes of 7,256 and 5,915 in 1996 and 2001, respectively. For this study 4,104 and 3244 persons in 1996 and 2001 respectively within the 15-64 age group were selected. On the premise that health is a critical element for sustainable development, the authors decided to explore the factors impinging on the health status of the labor force. Health status is conceptualized as whether the respondent was ill or not ill during the particular reference period of the survey. Multivariate statistical techniques, specifically multiple regression and logistic regression, were utilized for data analysis. Authors found that age, sex, quality of life, area of residence, visits to health practitioners and occupational status are significantly related to health status. The results show that older people and females tend to be in poorer health than younger people and males respectively. The quality of one's life also influences one =s health status. The study also shows that residents of Kingston Metropolitan Area enjoy better health than rural residents. The research further establishes a negative relationship between visits to health practitioner and health status. In addition, ill health seems to be a greater problem among skilled agricultural laborers and plant/machine operators, in comparison to other occupational categories. Theyalso found that place of residence and health status were significantly related to number of visits made to health practitioners. Furthermore, the results show that in 2001 quality of life had an impact on the number of visits respondents made to a health facility. Some suggestions to improve the health status of the labor force are advocated.....
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