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Author (up) Jorgensen, P.; Langhammer, A.; Krokstad, S.; Forsmo, S. url  doi
  Title Is there an association between disease ignorance and self-rated health? The HUNT Study, a cross-sectional survey Type Journal Article
  Year 2014 Publication BMJ Open Abbreviated Journal BMJ Open  
  Volume 4 Issue 5 Pages e004962  
  Keywords HUNT2; Primary Care  
  Abstract OBJECTIVE: To explore whether awareness versus unawareness of thyroid dysfunction, diabetes mellitus or hypertension is associated with self-rated health. DESIGN: Large-scale, cross-sectional population-based study. The association between thyroid function, diabetes mellitus and blood pressure and self-rated health was explored by multiple logistic regression analysis. SETTING: The second survey of the Nord-Trondelag Health Study, HUNT2, 1995-1997. PARTICIPANTS: 33 734 persons aged 40-70 years. PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASURES: Logistic regression was used to estimate ORs for good self-rated health as a function of thyroid status, diabetes mellitus status and blood pressure status. RESULTS: Persons aware of their hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus or hypertension reported poorer self-rated health than individuals without such conditions. Women with unknown and subclinical hypothyroidism reported better self-rated health than women with normal thyroid status. In women and men, unknown and probable diabetes as well as unknown mild/moderate hypertension was not associated with poorer health. Furthermore, persons with unknown severe hypertension reported better health than normotensive persons. CONCLUSIONS: People with undiagnosed but prevalent hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus and hypertension often have good self-rated health, while when aware of their diagnoses, they report reduced self-rated health. Use of screening, more sensitive tests and widened diagnostic criteria might have a negative effect on perceived health in the population.  
  Address Department of Public Health and General Practice, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  ISSN 2044-6055 ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PMID:24871539; PMC4039843; NLM: Original DateCompleted: 20140529 Approved no  
  Call Number HUNT @ maria.stuifbergen @ Serial 1649  
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