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Cross-Sectional Analysis of University Students’ Health Using a Digitised Health Survey

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Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Global Digital Health Unit, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK
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Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHaS), Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 308232, Singapore
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Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center, 2333 ZA Leiden, The Netherlands
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National eHealth Living Lab, Leiden University Medical Center, 2333 ZA Leiden, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 3009; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093009
Received: 9 April 2020 / Revised: 21 April 2020 / Accepted: 23 April 2020 / Published: 26 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adolescent and Young People's Health Issues and Challenges)
University student years are a particularly influential period, during which time students may adopt negative behaviours that set the precedent for health outcomes in later years. This study utilised a newly digitised health survey implemented during health screening at a university in Singapore to capture student health data. The aim of this study was to analyze the health status of this Asian university student population. A total of 535 students were included in the cohort, and a cross-sectional analysis of student health was completed. Areas of concern were highlighted in student’s body weight, visual acuity, and binge drinking. A large proportion of students were underweight (body mass index (BMI) < 18.5)—18.9% of females and 10.6% of males—and 7% of males were obese (BMI > 30). Although the overall prevalence of alcohol use was low in this study population, 9% of females and 8% of males who consumed alcohol had hazardous drinking habits. Around 16% of these students (male and female combined) typically drank 3–4 alcoholic drinks each occasion. The prevalence of mental health conditions reported was very low (<1%). This study evaluated the results from a digitised health survey implemented into student health screening to capture a comprehensive health history. The results reveal potential student health concerns and offer the opportunity to provide more targeted student health campaigns to address these. View Full-Text
Keywords: health screening; health survey; university student health; young Asian adults health screening; health survey; university student health; young Asian adults
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Spinazze, P.A.; Kasteleyn, M.J.; Aardoom, J.J.; Car, J.; Chavannes, N.H. Cross-Sectional Analysis of University Students’ Health Using a Digitised Health Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3009.

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