Health related behaviors survey of the medical organization, Srinagarind hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University

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Jamon Ngoencharee
Naesinee Chaiear
Isaraporn Thepwongsa
Supacha Khewphan
Dhavee Sirivongs
Kittisak Sawanyawisuth

Abstract

Background: Physicians and dentists are the health personnel that need high investment and long production process. The life expectancy of medical doctors was varied between 61.1 and 86.5 years old and dentists was varied between 51.3 and 75.4 years old. Health related behavior might play an important role to health status and life expectancy.  

Objective: To study health related behavior of physicians and dentists who are the member of the medical organization, and work at  Srinagarind hospital.
Study design: A cross-sectional descriptive  study

Setting: Srinagarind hospital
Method: The physicians and dentists who are the members of the medical organization, and work at Srinagarind hospital were given a self-administrated questionnaire during June 31st- Oct 30th, 2004. The questionnaire had 5 compartments as follows: general information, occupational history, health status data, life style pattern and occupation-related hazards.

Result: Two hundred and six  out of 519 numbers (39.7%) Completed the questionaires. The male: female ratio was nearly 1:1. The mean age of responder was 38.1 + 8.6 years old.  Sixty  five percent were highly pleased with their own occupation. The mean monthly income of physicians was 72,483.00 baht (median 30,000 Baht). The average working hour was 42.5 + 24.8 hours per week. Most of the cases slept 6-8 hours per day. The four most common diseases were allergy (19.6%), hypertension (5.4%), heart disease (1.6%) and Diabetes Millitus(1.1%), respectively. 8.2% of the respondents  noticed history of doze during driving while 7.1% experienced traffic accident. Regarding personal behaviors; 20.0% had history of alcohol drinking, 2.7% presented cigarette smoking and 10.2% had ever played government raffle. Most of the cases (80.6%) took care themselves while having ill. However, only 52.2% of respondents attended annual health check-up program. In addition, half of cases 48.9%  exercised less than 2 days per week. In cases of stress management, 36% watched television, while 30% read  books. Subgroup analysis of 22 dentists revealed that 72.7% of them were highly pleased with their own occupation. The mean monthly income of dentists was 58,500.00 Baht. The average working hour was 34.9 + 5.7  hours per week. Most of the cases slept 6-8 hours per day. The three most common diseases were allergic disease (13.6%), hypertension (4.5%), and diabetes mellitus (4.5%), respectively.  9.1% of the respondents  noticed history of doze during driving while 4.5% experienced traffic accidents. Regarding personal behaviors, 13.6% had history of alcohol drinking, 9.1% presented cigarette smoking. Most of the cases (40.9%) took care themselves in terms of illness. However, 3 in 4 of responders attended annual health check-up program. In addition, one-third of cases (36.4%) exercised less than 2 days per week. In cases of stress management, 40.9% watched television, while 27.3% read  books.   

Conclusion: The physicians and dentists who are the members of the medical organization and work at Srinagarind hospital were highly satisfied with their own profession. The average earning was good. The health statuses were similar to the physicians and the dentists in the other part of Thailand. However, the attitude in health promotion was low.

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Ngoencharee J, Chaiear N, Thepwongsa I, Khewphan S, Sirivongs D, Sawanyawisuth K. Health related behaviors survey of the medical organization, Srinagarind hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University. Srinagarind Med J [nternet]. 1 [cited 2021Dec.1];22(3):220-9. vailable from: https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/SRIMEDJ/article/view/13142
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