Prioridades em saúde: O que elas signifi cam para adultos Brasileiros?

Translated title of the contribution: Priorities in health: What do they mean to Brazilian adults?

Felipe Fossati Reichert, Marlos Rodrigues Domingues, Pedro C. Hallal, Mario Renato Azevedo, Fernando Vinholes Siqueira, Aluísio J.D. Barros

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We aimed to evaluate how Brazilian adults rank seven well-known health-related factors in terms of importance for health. A population-based study was undertaken in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil (N = 3,100; response rate: 96.5%). Individuals ranked three out of seven factors that, in their opinion, were the most important for health. The factors investigated were: "controlling stress", "practicing physical activity regularly", "avoiding drinking in excess", "avoiding smoking", "visiting a doctor regularly", "keeping the ideal weight", and "having a healthy diet". Healthy diet (73.9%), physical activity (59.9%), and visiting a doctor regularly (45.7%) were the most frequently reported factors. Younger subjects and those with higher socioeconomic status were more likely to report physical activity and stress as important factors for health than their counterparts. The importance attributed to health-related factors changes markedly among population subgroups.

Translated title of the contributionPriorities in health: What do they mean to Brazilian adults?
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)775-785
Number of pages11
JournalCadernos de Saude Publica
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Adult health
  • Diet
  • Motor activity
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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