Health of Roma children in Vilnius and Ventspils
Results were compared with identical study, carried out in five Vilnius schools (reference group, 640). Results. The appliance rate of Roma children to doctor did not differ from reference group – half of all questioned children visited doctor 1–3 times during the last year. However, more Roma children (74.6% from Vilnius and 64.6% from Ventspils) considered their health as poor and very poor as compared to reference group (4.3%). The proportion of children indicating somatic symptoms often and very often did not differ statistically significantly among groups with exception of vomiting and nausea, which was most prevalent among Vilnius Roma and Ventspils Roma. The proportion of children indicating emotional symptoms often and very often differed significantly in all groups and was the biggest in Ventspils Roma group. The proportion of daily alcohol, drug users, and smokers was higher in Vilnius Roma and Ventspils Roma groups, although the differences among all three groups were not statistically significant.
Conclusion. Although the morbidity of Vilnius Roma and Ventspils Roma groups did not differ from reference group, essential discrepancy was found in health self-assessment – more Roma children considered their health as poor and very poor.
Kanapeckienė, V.; Valintėlienė, R.; Beržanskytė, A.; Kėvalas, R.; Supranowicz, P. Health of Roma children in Vilnius and Ventspils. Medicina 2009, 45, 153.
Kanapeckienė V, Valintėlienė R, Beržanskytė A, Kėvalas R, Supranowicz P. Health of Roma children in Vilnius and Ventspils. Medicina. 2009; 45(2):153.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kanapeckienė, Virginija; Valintėlienė, Rolanda; Beržanskytė, Aušra; Kėvalas, Rimantas; Supranowicz, Piotr. 2009. "Health of Roma children in Vilnius and Ventspils." Medicina 45, no. 2: 153.