Volume 2, Issue 3 (JULY 2003)                   Payesh 2003, 2(3): 187-193 | Back to browse issues page

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Objective(s): To investigate the relation between social class and self-reported health among the general population in Tehran.
Material & Methods: Using a multi-stage cluster sampling method in all, 4163 healthy individuals aged
15 years and over were interviewed. Social class was measured using two indicators: Area of residence and years of formal education. Health status was measured using Short Form Health Survey Questionnaire (SF-36).
Results: The mean age of the respondents was 35.1 (sd: 16) years. 52% were female, mostly married (58%) and the mean years of formal education for whole population was I O (SD:  4.5). Overall, women reported poorer health (P<0/001). The results showed that there was a significant difference between educational level, area of residence and self-reported health. In other words: those with higher education rated their health better than those with lower education (P<0/00 I) and living in different areas affect the people perception of health (p<0/00 I).
Conclusion: The study findings suggest that perception of health is highly associated with people socioeconomic background.
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type of study: Research | Subject: Medical
Accepted: 2018/11/28 | Published: 2003/07/15