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Health status of urban and rural elders in Korea

Authors
 Il Young Yoo  ;  Chung Yul Lee  ;  Mo Im Kim 
Citation
 YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol.39(5) : 417-423, 1998 
Journal Title
 YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL 
ISSN
 0513-5796 
Issue Date
1998
MeSH
Aged ; Aged, 80 and over ; Aging/physiology* ; Female ; Health Status* ; Humans ; Korea ; Male ; Rural Population* ; Urban Population*
Abstract
The main purpose of this study was to describe the differences in health status between urban and rural elders in Korea. The sample consisted of one thousand one hundred non-institutionalized individuals, aged 65 or over, living in three metropolitan cities and two rural provinces. The modified Cornell Medical Index, ADL, IADL, and existing medical diagnosis were used to measure the health status of the elders. Rural elders reported significantly more health problems than urban elders. Differences in ADL and IADL scores were not statistically significant. There was a difference in the types of health problems between the urban and rural elders. While more rural elders reported that they were diagnosed as having neuralgia and arthritis, more urban elders reported that they had diabetes. The results of this study demonstrated that rural elders had significantly more health problems than urban elders even after all the other variables were controlled. However, in Korea, most health care resources available to elders are concentrated in large urban cities. This study suggests that it is important to invest more health care resources in rural areas to meet the needs of all elders in Korea.
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DOI
10.3349/ymj.1998.39.5.417
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Lee, Chung Yul(이정열)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/176323
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