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Disparities in chronic disease risk factors and health status between American Indian/Alaska Native and White elders: findings from a telephone survey, 2001 and 2002

TitleDisparities in chronic disease risk factors and health status between American Indian/Alaska Native and White elders: findings from a telephone survey, 2001 and 2002
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsDenny, CH, Holtzman, D, Goins, RT, Croft, JB
JournalAm J Public HealthAm J Public Health
Volume95
Pagination825-7
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number0090-0036 (Print)<br/>0090-0036 (Linking)
Accession Number15855458
KeywordsAlaska/epidemiology, Chronic Disease/ epidemiology, Diabetes Mellitus/epidemiology, European Continental Ancestry Group, Exercise, Female, Health Behavior, Health Status, Health Surveys, Humans, Indians, North American, Inuits, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity/epidemiology, Population Surveillance/ methods, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Smoking/epidemiology
AbstractWe compared prevalence estimates of chronic disease risk factors and health status between American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) and White elders. We used 2001 and 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data to estimate the prevalence of smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, diagnosed diabetes, and general health status. For all health behavior and status measures, American Indians/Alaska Natives reported greater risk than did Whites. Risk factors among AIAN elders need to be addressed to eliminate disparities in chronic diseases.
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