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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Mostert, Karien
URN etd-08152005-122415
Document Title The prevalencce of certain risk factors of non-communicable diseases in a rural community : a physiotherapeutic perspective
Degree MSc (Physiotherapy Management)
Department Physiotherapy
Advisor Name Title
Mrs A J Van Rooijen Committee Chair
Mrs M Eisenberg Committee Co-Chair
  • therapeutics physiological
  • diseases risk factors
  • smoking
  • obesity
  • physical therapy
  • hypertention
Date 2001-04-15
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Tobacco addiction, obesity, hypertension and physical inactivity are common risk factors of non-communicable diseases. Information on the prevalence of risk factors is needed for inter alia planning of services.


A community-based sample of 99 subjects of both genders, aged 20 to 59 years, was randomly selected.


Smoking status and physical activity levels were determined using a questionnaire. Hypertension (systolic blood pressure >160mmHg / diastolic blood pressure >90mmHg) and obesity (body mass index (8MI) >30kg/m2, waist-hip ratio (WHR) >1(males), >0.84 (females» were measured.


Of the sample, 25% smoked, 6% were hypertensive, 19%(8MI) and 12%(WHR) were obese, 23% inactive at work and 25% inactive during leisure time. Seventy-eight percent did not participate in sport. Each subject had at least one risk factor.


Socio-economical, behavioural, psychological and cultural factors appear to influence the prevalence rates. Despite relatively low prevalence rates, high-¬risk groups were identified such as male smokers and obese females. Promoting physical activity by physiotherapists as part of comprehensive intervention programmes appears especially appropriate due to its inter-relationship with other risk factors. Prevention and treatment of risk factors should be a health priority.

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Mostert, K 2001, The prevalence of certain risk factors of non-communicable diseases in a rural community : a physiotherapeutic perspective, M(Physiotherapy) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-08152005-122415/ >


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