Perceived importance of public health risks in Greece: A nationwide survey of the adult population

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Tzortzi, A., Kapetanstrataki, M., Rachiotis, Georgios, Evangelopoulou, Vaso, Leventou, Eleni and Behrakis, Panagiotis 2021. Perceived importance of public health risks in Greece: A nationwide survey of the adult population. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (16). https://doi.org/ijerph18168256
AuthorsTzortzi, A., Kapetanstrataki, M., Rachiotis, Georgios, Evangelopoulou, Vaso, Leventou, Eleni and Behrakis, Panagiotis
AbstractThe current study is the first to examine the perceptions of the Greek public towards selected health risks and prioritize perceived risk importance and the needs to be addressed for public health promotion. Participants were asked to consider the individual importance of selected risks and the top three most important risks. Data collection took place on February 2020 in a representative sample of the adult Greek population. Differences between groups were assessed with Chi-square tests. Logistic regression models were used to identify perceptions based on participants' characteristics. Analysis was conducted in Stata 14, and 1976 adults participated in the survey: 48% male and 52% female. Road accidents, cancer and air pollution and environmental protection were considered the top three most important public health risks. Differences were observed between sexes; females were more concerned regarding the importance of the examined public health risks, and between age groups, younger ages considered STDs and contraception more important than older ages. Finally, non-smokers considered exercise and smoking to be more important than smokers. This is the first study to present and grade the public's perceptions on the importance of public health risks in Greece. Our study's prioritization of health risks could aid health authorities in improving and promoting the overall public health in Greece.
KeywordsPublic Health; Health risks; Smoking; Diet; Environment; Public health; Risk perception; Smokers; Contraception; Road accidents; Surveys and questionnaires; Exercise; Greek survey; Greece - epidemiology
Year2021
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal citation18 (16)
PublisherMDPI
ISSN1660-4601
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/ijerph18168256
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18168256
Official URLhttps://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/16/8256
Publication dates
Online04 Aug 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted02 Aug 2021
Deposited13 Sep 2021
Output statusPublished
Licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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