Date of Award

12-1-1999

Degree Type

Restricted Access Professional Report

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Community Health

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Antonio Rene

Second Advisor

Doug A. Mains

Third Advisor

Gilbert Ramirez

Abstract

Coustasse, Alberto, Assessment of Obesity as a Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor in a Geriatric Rural Texas Community – A Six Month Follow-up. Master of Public Health Track, Public Health Administration, December 1999, 22 pp., 9 tables, 9 illustrations, bibliography, 7 titles. The health fair approach was used as a method to establish individual and population health status baselines and to provide a mechanism to follow-up with an elderly population in a rural Texas community. A controlled trial sample of forty-four seniors was initially screened in a primary care clinic in August 1998. Patients were reevaluated at six months and results demonstrated a 46% increase in BMI [Body Mass Index]; 62% remained obese; 62% maintained elevated cholesterol or increased cholesterol values to abnormal values; 61% maintained or increased their BP [blood pressure] to abnormal values. A significant finding was that a change of one unit in the BMI correlated with a change of 19.88 mmHg [millimeter mercury] of SBP [systolic blood pressure] and 18.59 mmHg of DBP [diastolic blood pressure]. The societal economic impact of mortality and morbidity (without the benefit of target interventions) for the initial forty-four seniors was projected at &74,949. Keywords: Health fairs; obesity; cardiovascular; cost; case management.

Comments

Coustasse, Alberto, Assessment of Obesity as a Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor in a Geriatric Rural Texas Community – A Six Month Follow-up. Master of Public Health Track, Public Health Administration, December 1999, 22 pp., 9 tables, 9 illustrations, bibliography, 7 titles. W 4.5 C869A 1999

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