IBGE releases the results of the first edition of the National Survey of Health, carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
This thematic volume brings a brief description of the survey, the sampling plan and comments on the health conditions of the Brazilian population, focused on three perspectives: perceived health status, lifestyles and chronic diseases. The first perspective refers to the qualitative assessment that individuals make of their own health, encompassing both physical and emotional components, as well as well being and satisfaction with their personal life. The second is related to the risk factors associated with the consumption of food, use of alcohol, practice of physical activities and smoking, which are strongly related to the development of chronic non-communicable diseases, according to the specialized literature. Lastly, the third approach focuses on this escalation, highlighting the incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, asthma, neuro-psychiatric and heart diseases, and cancer, among other health problems which, altogether, account for a significant number of deaths in Brazil. The publication also includes a glossary with the relevant terms and concepts to understand these results.
The enclosed CD-ROM reproduces the printed volume and includes complementary tables detailing the variables under analysis, as well as the coefficients of variation associated with the estimates showed on the tables.
Other thematic volumes including the results of the survey will be released in the future.
By making available one more database, the Ministry of Health and IBGE considerably expand the knowledge of the characteristics of health of the Brazilian population. A comprehensive set of information is now available to executive and legislative instances, professionals and researchers, Health Councils and other agents interested in this subject, so as to formulate, follow up and assess policies related to this important sector.