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Self-reported chronic somatic diseases among adolescent students in Mansoura, Egypt IJCRIMPH articles are provided for free based on an Open Access policy
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International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health, 2011 - Vol. 3 No. 4

Author: Abdel-Hady El-Gilany

College of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt



Abstract:
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Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of the common self-reported chronic diseases among adolescent students in public secondary schools in Mansoura, Egypt.

Methods: 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.

Results: 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.

Conclusions: Despite the self-reported nature, our findings indicate that Egyptian adolescents are not healthy as it is often considered.

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Keywords: Chronic diseases, public schools, rheumatic heart disease, Egypt
 

Running title: Chronic diseases among adolescent students
 

How to cite this article:

El-Gilany AH. Self-reported chronic somatic diseases among adolescent students in Mansoura, Egypt. International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health. 2011; 3(4):312-318.

 
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