Document Type : Original Article

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1 Modeling in Health Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran

2 Epidemiology and Biostatistics department, health faculty, shahrekord university of medical sciences, shahrekord, iran

3 Epidemiology and Biostatistics department, health faculty, Isfahan university of medical science, Isfahan, Iran

Abstract

Background and Aim: Social health is "the quantity and quality of individual interaction with society in order to promote the well-being of individuals in society." This interaction promotes social capital, social security, poverty reduction and injustice. So far, no study has been done on the social health situation in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province. This study was conducted to determine the social health status in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province during 1398.
Methods and Materials: This descriptive-analytical cross-sectional study was performed using the data base of the prospective epidemiological study of Shahrekord cohort in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in 1398. To measure social health, a valid Iranian social health questionnaire with a score of 33 to 165 was used.
Results: Out of 600 invited samples, 597 people completed the social health questionnaire (99.5% response rate). The mean age of participants was 48.54 9 9.33 years. The mean and standard deviation of the social health score of the subjects was 115.71 22 22.7. This score was higher in men than women (p-value = 0.038).
Conclusion: Social health in the study population is moderate and needs the attention of health policy makers and planners. By holding training classes for villagers and teaching them how to interact with each other, especially with family members, and with more participation of women in social affairs and increasing their social relations, as well as counseling on social health of people with abnormal body mass index.

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