Health responsibilities of an aging Thai male workforce

Kalampakorn, S.; Kaewpan, W.; Luksamijarulkul, P.

Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand 92(Suppl 7): S88-S92


ISSN/ISBN: 0125-2208
PMID: 20235361
Document Number: 12847
To examine the health responsibilities of an aging Thai male workforce and its related factors. A descriptive study was conducted with 417 male workers aged 45-60 who were working in 4 regions of Thailand. Data were collected between October 2004 and February 2005 using self-administered questionnaires. Health responsibility was measured at the frequency of the participants personal health practices relating to the health seeking, participation in health promoting activities, and having health check-ups. Statistical analyses used were percentage, mean, and multiple regression analysis. Results showed that subjects had health responsibility at moderate level (Mean = 17.2 +/- 4.7). Lowest mean of health responsibility was found in participation in health promotion activities/club area (Mean = 1.9 +/- 1.0). Social support, perceived health status, and monthly income (p < 0.05) altogether could explain 17.7% of variance in health responsibility. Health responsibility of an aging workforce should be enhanced through support from family, friends, and co-workers.

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