Award Date

5-1-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Environmental and Occupational Health

First Committee Member

Sheniz Moonie

Second Committee Member

Chad Cross

Third Committee Member

Sheniz Moonie

Fourth Committee Member

Chad Cross

Fifth Committee Member

Chris Cochran

Sixth Committee Member

Larry Ashley

Number of Pages

47

Abstract

The goal of this research project was to produce a model of the effects of drug dependence on general self-rated health. Due to power issues, two additional models, one for cocaine and one for heroin, were required. The models used data from the 2005-2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The result of this effort was a ranking of the effects of drug dependence on general health for individuals and for the study population. The model controlled for infectious, chronic and mental illness as well as sociodemographic variables. Significantly increased odds ratios were found for alcohol, marijuana, analgesics, and cocaine at p < .001, and for heroin at p < .01. A ranking of odds ratios was constructed, but wide confidence intervals make the scale difficult to interpret and thus less useful for guiding policy.

Keywords

Chronic diseases; Communicable diseases; Drug addicts – Health and hygiene; Infectious disease; NSDUH

Disciplines

Epidemiology | Public Health

Language

English


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