The health of Saudi older adults; results from the Saudi National Survey for Elderly Health (SNSEH) 2006-2015

Abdullah T. Khoja, Mohammad H. Aljawadi, Sulaiman A. Al-Shammari, Ashry G. Mohamed, Hamad A. Al-Manaa, Laura Morlock, Saifuddin Ahmed, Tawfik A.M. Khoja

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Objectives: To Describe the Saudi older adult (SOA) characteristics and Introduce the Saudi National Survey for Elderly Health (SNSEH). Methods: The SNSEH, a population-based nationally-representative survey, was used. Subjects were included in 2006-2007, using random-cluster sampling utilizing probability proportional to size approach, and followed-up to determine their vital status until June 2015. In the analyses, survey weights were incorporated. Parametric, non-parametric and logistic regression were used. Cox-proportional hazard regression was used to determine gender effects on mortality. Results: We included 2,946 SOA. The mean age was 70.1(SD = 0.3). Around, 70% were illiterate. Almost 50% had monthly income of 2500 (2007-Saudi-Riyals). The most reported diseases were hypertension, diabetes and joints pain. The most reported medications were over the counter, antidiabetics and antihypertensive. The nine-years age-adjusted death hazard was 42% higher in SOA males. Conclusion: This is an introductory paper for a series of papers that describe SOA health. These efforts will help in guiding the development of a national healthcare model for SOA, evidence-based health policies and public intervention programs that address SOA health-related issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSaudi Pharmaceutical Journal
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2017

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Antihypertensive Agents
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Weights and Measures
Mortality
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Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Geriatric
  • Medications
  • National
  • Saudi Arabia

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  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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Khoja, A. T., Aljawadi, M. H., Al-Shammari, S. A., Mohamed, A. G., Al-Manaa, H. A., Morlock, L., ... Khoja, T. A. M. (Accepted/In press). The health of Saudi older adults; results from the Saudi National Survey for Elderly Health (SNSEH) 2006-2015. Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsps.2017.11.008

The health of Saudi older adults; results from the Saudi National Survey for Elderly Health (SNSEH) 2006-2015. / Khoja, Abdullah T.; Aljawadi, Mohammad H.; Al-Shammari, Sulaiman A.; Mohamed, Ashry G.; Al-Manaa, Hamad A.; Morlock, Laura; Ahmed, Saifuddin; Khoja, Tawfik A.M.

In: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal, 01.01.2017.

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Khoja, Abdullah T. ; Aljawadi, Mohammad H. ; Al-Shammari, Sulaiman A. ; Mohamed, Ashry G. ; Al-Manaa, Hamad A. ; Morlock, Laura ; Ahmed, Saifuddin ; Khoja, Tawfik A.M. / The health of Saudi older adults; results from the Saudi National Survey for Elderly Health (SNSEH) 2006-2015. In: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal. 2017.
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