Association Between Health-Related Knowledge and the Awareness of Blood Pressure Readings

Shinichi Tanihara, Toshiyuki Ojima, Yosikazu Nakamura, Hiroshi Yanagawa, Nobuo Yoshiike, Takeo Nakayama, Heizo Tanaka
1999 Journal of Epidemiology  
This study aims to evaluate the relationships between awareness of blood pressure testing and health-related knowledge. Among 9 blocks in Japan, one or two areas were selected and a questionnaire survey including physical activity, nutrient intake, drinking habits, smoking habits, medical history, annual frequency of blood pressure testing, subjective sense of wellness, and health related knowledge was conducted. Respondents' sex and age were adjusted as potential confounding factors and the
more » ... ociation between possession of health-related knowledge and awareness of blood pressure testing were examined by using a multiple logistic regression model. Among the 1,834 effective responses, 263 (14.3%) answered that they could state their blood pressure levels. These individuals tended to have a greater health-related knowledge. Even after adjusting for other potential confounders (smoking habits, medical history, annual frequency of blood pressure testing, and subjective sense of wellness) health-related knowledge were significantly related to blood pressure awareness. J Epidemiol, 1999; 9 : 245-253. awareness of blood pressure testing, health-related knowledge Chronic diseases such as cancer, stroke, and ischemic heart disease occupy prominent positions in the health-related problems in Japan. For specific disease entities, conditions that are closely related to an individual's life style, e.g., lung and colon cancers, angina pectoris, and myocardial infarction, are increasing. In examining health-related behavior (including life style), many models based on behavioral science1-7) have been
doi:10.2188/jea.9.245 pmid:10510582 fatcat:qlh6vtwc6ndubgwgu6stfog2xi