SVIBOR - Project code: 3-01-027


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Project code: 3-01-027


Main researcher: VULETIĆ, SILVIJE (54002)

Type of research: applied
Duration from: 07/09/91. to 12/31/95.

Papers on project (total): 10
Papers on project quoted in Current Contents: 4
Institution name: Medicinski fakultet, Zagreb (108)
Department/Institute: Department for statistics, epidemiology and informatics
Address: Rockefellerova 4
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: 385 (01) 276-822
Fax: 385 (01) 275-415

Summary: The population groups living on islands of Brač and Hvar, and in continental areas Sinjska Krajna and Srijem, examined during the period between 1970 and 1971 in the epidemiological investigation, have been considered as a baseline cohort population for assessing the ageing process. Epidemiological characteristics of the population, described by three sets of variables, have been estimated through the factor score distributions for each of the variable sets and the corresponding variability for each region. The main differences as well as variability were found between the island population (characterized to tendency to overweight, preferably by vegetable oil consumption, lower alcohol intake and lower blood pressure with higher blood glucose) and the continental populations (characterized in opposite way). Survival rates and couses od death during the twenty year period of population groups of islands of Brač and Hvar, and continental areas Sinjska Krajna and Srijem, were assessed. Female cohorths show better survival than male cohorts, and island better than continental areas. In both male and female cohorts a marked gradient from Hvar to Srijem is shown. In the course of the follow up 5,3% of the cohorts were without any impairement and disease, wile 11,6% was permanently ill and handicaped. The age of 80 and more have reached 18,4% of cohorts on Brač, 17,6% of cohorts on Hvar, 10,4% of cohorts in Sinjska Krajna, 7,8% in autochtonous Srijem and 5,9% in immigrated Srijem.

Keywords: Ageing, impairement, mortality and couses of death, surviving, health perceiving, adriatic islands, continental regions.

Research goals: 1. Epidemiological characterization of the baseline cohort population at the beginning; 2. Twenty year mortality rate and causes of death assessed through official health and vital statistics; 3. Estimation of perceived health ratings based on self-assessment of disability, impairments, chronic conditions,symptoms ang energy level through reinterviewing thepopulation after 20 year; 4. Genealogical aggregation og longevity and ageing without impairement and disease; 5. Searching for factors of the supposed time-process of autonomy - disease - impairement - disability - handicap; 6. Enquiring the regional differences in ageing; 7. Construction of the models for prognosis of outcomes defined as "living in health and without impairment", "living disease -as an invalid " and "death".

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