How much do chronic diseases and socio-demographic variables affect the risk of accidents?
Keywords:Chronic diseases, Traffic Accident, Home Accident, Casual Accident, Occupational Accident
Aim: The main objective of this study is to determine how chronic diseases and various socio-demographic variables affect the risk of accidents. The group of adults aged 18 and over was analyzed through a data set representing Turkey.
Method: The variables used in the analysis were obtained from the “TurkStat Health Survey” micro data set for 2016. In total, four types of accidents (traffic accident, home accident, casual accident and occupational accident) were subjected to binary logit regression analysis in the light of two different models.
Findings: Being male, increased age, lumbar region problem, allergies and depression are variables that increase the risk of traffic accidents (p<0,005). Increased age, worsening general health, stroke (paralysis) problem, presence of neck area problem, urinary incontinence and depression, increase the risk of home accidents. Arthrosis, the presence of neck region problems, allergies, urinary incontinence and depression increase the risk of casual accidents (p<0,005). Being male, increased age, presence of lumbar region problem, allergies and an increase in household income increase the likelihood of having an occupational accident (P<0,005).
Conclusion: According to the results of the study, authorities that shape the health policy should make an action plan for the variables affecting the risk of accidents in positive and negative directions.
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