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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the urban and rural areas of the Elazig Region of Turkey. A questionnaire was conducted and spirometric measurements were made, based on the BOLD protocol. A total of 1270 individuals, over 18 years of age, were included in the study, comprising 610 individuals from the city center and 660 from the rural area. The questionnaire included demographics, symptoms and possible risk factors. The description and staging of COPD were in accordance with GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease). Of the 1270 cases, 1206 (94.9%) were able to complete the questionnaire and undergo spirometric analysis. Of these 1206 cases, 1188 (98.5%) were used in the final assessment; the remainder were excluded due to errors in the spirometric analysis. Of the cases included in the study, 43.2% (25.9% female; 56.7% male) were current smokers. The prevalence of COPD at ≥ 18 years old was 4.5% (female 2.5%; male 6%); the prevalence at ≥ 45 years old was 11.5% (female 5.9%; male 15.1%). The majority of the COPD cases were at stages I and II (22.6% and 66%, respectively). The prevalence of COPD was higher among current and former smokers (5.8%) than non-smokers (2.8%). In general, the risk factors for COPD were found to be age, male gender, smoking, living in a rural area, and low income. The prevalence of COPD in Elazig, Turkey was highest among the elderly and smokers, and constituted primarily stages I and II of the disease.
    European Journal of Internal Medicine 04/2011; 22(2):172-6. · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Obesity and overweight are a significant public health problem that affects the quality of life of the individuals concerned. We studied the prevalence and related risk factors for obesity among academics. This descriptive cross-sectional study sampled 499 academic staff at Elazig Firat University, Turkey. Height, weight and blood pressure values were obtained and a descriptive survey was conducted. The age range of the participants was 22 to 65 years, with a mean age 36.5 +/- 8.1 years. The group had 29% women, and 71% men; 80% were married. The mean BMI of the participants was 24.6 +/- 3.1 kg/m2. Their mean systolic blood pressure was 117.0 +/- 12.1 mmHg and mean diastolic blood pressure was 73.1 +/- 8.0 mmHg. The overall prevalence of obesity was 7.0%; 2.1% in women and 9.0% in men. The combined prevalence of overweight and obesity was 45.9%. Nearly half the participants were either obese or overweight. A correlation was identified between overweight/obesity and sex, marital status, academic staff, physical activity, systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Although the study did not include all academics, the results reveal the need to evaluate the health impact of obesity in academics.
    The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health 11/2009; 40(6):1306-14. · 0.61 Impact Factor
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    Public Health 11/2008; 122(11):1261-3. · 1.35 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: SUMMARY AIM: The present study was conducted with the aim of defining the living conditions and health risks of women living in suburbs of Elazig city sample. METHOD: In this descriptive type of study, a total of 603 women aged 18 and older were randomly selected from Yildizbaglari and Salibaba, which are among suburbs of Elazig, were studied. Women who were in the sample group were randomly selected from the primary health care center charts in where their records have previously been saved. Both suburbia were represented in the sample according to their population. RESULTS: The mean age of women included in research was 36.64±13.61 and average income of a woman per month was 139.24±106.92 TL. Of the women 70.3% was married, 32.8% was illiterate and 42.6 had green card for health care. 92.7 % of women had no income generating work and 31.3% of women reported to that they moved from another place where they are living now. Fifty-seven percent of women were living in unreinforced masonry structure and/or wooden houses. The bathrooms and toilets were out of houses in 4.1% and 24.9%, respectively. Of the women, 18.4 % were currently smoking and exposing to one of the types of a violence. 30.3% of the women who gave birth previously had their last birth either at home or with the help of midwives. The rate of women reporting their health status as good, fair and bad were 37.8%, 37% and 25.2%, respectively. 79.9% of women did not perform regular health checks and 24.9% reported that they had a chronic disease. As the education level of women increased the rate of expressing poor health and chronic illness falled (p=0.0001). Women who migrated from another place reported their health as worse than women who were placed at the same location (p=0.007). The average monthly income of women who reported to have chronic illness was significantly lower than those women who have higher monthly income (p=0.004). CONCLUSION: The health indicators, house health conditions, education, social and economic levels of women covered in this research are low and insufficient.
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