Health status, health habits, utilization behaviour and health care utilization in an actively employed Japanese population.
Healthcare utilization data from 1 February 1986 to 31 January 1992 for 18 601 local public service employees were analysed in relation to data on their perceived health status, health habits, health care utilization behaviour and health-related worries which were obtained from a questionnaire survey conducted in 1988.
The results showed health care utilization behaviour as defined by the questionnaire responses to be the most important predictor of health care utilization as defined by claim rate and group utilization rate, followed by perceived health status and certain health habits (ie caring about sleep, food and diet, watching body weight).
Health-related worries, when used as a group variable, were not an independent predictor of utilization.
The co-existence of « active » utilization behaviour or the above-mentioned health habits with fair/poor perceived health status was associated with the highest health care utilization.
The implication of these findings is that if utilization behaviour modification is incorporated into various worksite health programmes that aim at improving employee health and containing health care utilization and costs, greater reduction can be achieved in employee health care utilization and costs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Utilisation, Service santé, Population active, Mode de vie, Santé, Autoperception, Comportement, Japon, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Use, Health service, Labour force, Life habit, Health, Self perception, Behavior, Japan, Asia
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0469638
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 01/03/1996.