[abstract]ONLINE SURVEY OF HEALTH STATUS OF DAN MEMBERS

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[abstract]ONLINE SURVEY OF HEALTH STATUS OF DAN MEMBERS

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Title: [abstract]ONLINE SURVEY OF HEALTH STATUS OF DAN MEMBERS
Author: Denoble, PJ; Ranapurwalla, S; Vaithiyanathan, P; Bird, N
Abstract: Introduction: The purpose of this study was to establish the prevalence of selected chronic conditions and risk factors among DAN members, and their access to healthcare services. Methods: The online DAN Membership Health Survey had six modules of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System questionnaire and a dive survey. 29,987 randomly selected DAN members were invited to participate. Participant’s health, risk factors and access to healthcare services were compared with the general U.S. population. Results: Survey was attempted by 5,514 respondents (18.4 percent) and completed by 4,876. The mean age of invitees was 48 and for respondents was 50 years (p less than 0.05). Seventy percent of respondents were older than 44 years, compared to 63 percent of invitees and 52 percent of the U.S. population. Females were equally represented among invitees and respondents (26 percent ). Respondents received higher education (72 percent vs. 33.5 percent college graduates) and higher incomes than the U.S. average. Compared to the U.S. population, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (history of MI 1.5 percent vs. 3.6 percent ; CHD 2.9 percent vs. 7.6 percent ), diabetes (4.1 percent vs. 8 percent ), asthma (4.4 percent vs. 8 percent ), hypertension (26.1 percent vs. 29 percent ) disability (9.7 percent vs. 18 percent ), smoking (5 percent vs. 18 percent ) and insufficient physical activity (45 percent vs. 49 percent ) was less in DAN members. The prevalence of overweight respondents (BMI >=25, 62.6 percent vs. 63 percent ) was similar in both populations. Use of preventive healthcare services was more common among DAN members. Median number of dives per year was 20 and mean 35 (SD=44) compared to five dives reported for all U.S. divers. Mean number of dives was similar across age groups. Conclusions: DAN members are active divers who are older and healthier than the general population. The prevalence of risk factors appears similar to the general population. DAN members have better access and utilization of healthcare services. The frequency of diving appears similar for older and younger divers.
Description: Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine : Journal of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc.
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10510
Date: 2012

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