Self-reported chronic somatic diseases among adolescent
students in Mansoura, Egypt
International Journal of Collaborative Research on
Internal Medicine & Public Health, 2011 - Vol.
Author: Abdel-Hady El-Gilany
Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt
estimate the prevalence of the common self-reported
adolescent students in public secondary schools in
This is a cross-sectional study conducted
on a sample of 1493 adolescent students. Thirty clusters
were selected to cover both general and vocational
public schools of both sexes in urban and rural areas. A
self-administered questionnaire was used to collect
sociodemographic data from the students and their
families, as well as a checklist of 15 chronic diseases.
About 6% of students reported one or more
chronic somatic disease. The most frequent are acne
vulgaris (4.2%), rheumatic heart disease (3.4%),
refractive errors (1.4) and bronchial asthma (1.1%).
This pattern does not show significant differences
between males and females.
Despite the self-reported nature, our findings indicate
that Egyptian adolescents are not healthy as it is often