Chulalongkorn Medical Journal


Background : Population health survey is an important tool to better our understandabout health situation in community. It allows us to have comprehensivepicture of the risks and health outcomes of the population. With gooddesign, it can provide a good representation of community health includingsome additional dimensions not commonly measured such as social capital.Objective : To understand health outcomes and health risks in the population ofTambon Banpa, Kaeng Khoi district, Saraburi Province.Methods : Cross-sectional survey using cluster two-stage sampling method. Three of11 villages were randomly selected. In each village, proportionate samplesof households with head of household or representative of the householdage 18 or over at the time survey were included in the study. A questionnairewas developed. Direct interview of survey respondents was done on June8, 2016 by fourth year Chulalongkorn University medical students.Results : Overall 235 households were included in the survey. There were 910 peopleresiding in these households: mean age was 40.3 (SD = 22.4), 52.1%were female, 56.7% single family, 61.0% were under the universal healthcarecoverage. Top health problems were hypertension with no major mentalhealth issues. Smoking and drinking were less than that of the Thai generalpopulation. Overweight and obese were over 60.0% of the respondents.Over 90.0% coverage on EPI and 96% breast feeding and 82.0% were giventill 6 months. Majority reported good quality of life score. Happiness indexand quality of life (QOL) were correlated.Conclusion : Demographic characteristics in Tambon Banpa revealed a trend towardsageing community with similar prevalence of chronic disease with Thaipopulation. Happiness Index and QOL were relatively good. However,overweight and obese patterns were higher in this population.


Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University



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