The Effect of Socio-Economic Predictors of Chronic Diseases in Ghana: Results of a Nationwide Survey

Bashiru I.I. Saeed, A.R Abdul-Aziz, Samuel Blay Nguah, Xicang Zhao

Abstract


Socio-economic predictors of chronic diseases in Ghana are not well understood and their influence has been relatively overlooked. This paper seeks to examine the influence of socio-economic predictors of chronic diseases in Ghanaians three different age groups. The data employed in the study were drawn from Global Ageing and Adult Health survey conducted in Ghana by SAGE and was based on the design for the World Health Survey. The survey was conducted in 2007 and collected data on socio-economic characteristics and other variables of the individuals interviewed. The overall results suggest that chronic diseases in relatively older Ghanaians reflects social and economic exposures with the differentials observed only partially explained by current social and economic conditions. Our results were by and large very much expected from the current medical knowledge available.


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/gjhs.v5n5p115

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