Health Related Quality Of Life

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Health Related Quality of Life: South Carolina Health and quality of life has its’ own meaning to every individual. Many factors contribute to a personal belief of health, but this individualization or opinion of health does not make it immeasurable. Why would one want to measure and compare heath and quality of life among populations? The benefits are endless. Finding trends within a population and comparing these tendencies to identify risk factors for decreased health related quality of life (HRQOL) are only some of the advantages to obtaining this data among populations. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides a survey data collection system that compares state and national health-related behavioral risks, called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), to help identify trends, especially those that have reached epidemic levels (CDC, 2014). South Carolina (SC), among all other states, participates in this survey to better understand public health issues specific to its own population. The survey addresses data and trends by state, as well as categorizing the data by factors such as gender, race, and age. To effectively implement change among a population, it is crucial to recognize all possible underlying causes of epidemics by focusing on tendencies specific to certain areas, such as gender and race, and compare it to others who do or do not have the same issues. Gender Differences in Quality of Life and Self-Rated Health Overall, men
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