Health Concerns of Adults: Qualitative Data of the Bridge to Health Survey

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Objective: To examine health concerns of Midwestern adults as part of regional health planning. Methods: Randomly selected households received mailed surveys. Responses (n=2,209) to open-ended questions about most important health concerns were analyzed. Results: Insurance costs/access and high cost of health care were most-cited health concerns. Differences were found in identification of community and state/nation concerns and in urban versus rural residence. Conclusion: Qualitative results identified different health priorities than those revealed by quantitative measures of health status and behavior in the same survey. Analysis of residents' health concerns has potential to improve community health planning.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Minnesota School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN. 2: Health Research Center, Institute for Research and Education, HealthSystem Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: May 1, 1999

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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