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Analysis of standards of living and health in the urban population of botucatu sao paulo state brazil ii. the population's knowledge and opinion on disease symptoms 1983



Analysis of standards of living and health in the urban population of botucatu sao paulo state brazil ii. the population's knowledge and opinion on disease symptoms 1983



Revista de Saude Publica 23(3): 196-206



It was verified the extent of the information of the urban population of Botucatu, SP (Brazil) on health questions. Knowledge and opinions about frequency and severity of thirteen symptoms and signs of disease were researched in 1005 families samples. The answers were analyzed according to age, sex, level of education and socio-economic level. They showed a tendency compatible with scientific medical knowledge. In the comparison of the sexes, by age, (young adult) women gave more value to the frequency and severity of most of the symptoms than men. The high scores observed for severity showed a tendency to decrease the increasing lelev of education for all the symptoms. There were variations among the symptoms in the appreciation of frequency according to the socio-economic level, with a tendency to decrease in the high scores related to severity, according to the increase in socio-econimic level. The degree of information observed in the population contradicts the prejudice, still existing in the medical area, about laymen's lack of knowlege. The hypothesis that the sample studies had access to several sources of information, among them the extensive local network of medical services, is put forward.

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