Academic Journals Database
Disseminating quality controlled scientific knowledge

Trust in the Mass Media and the Healthcare System, Interpersonal Trust and Self-Rated Health: A Population-Based Study in Japan

ADD TO MY LIST
 
Author(s): Yasuharu Tokuda | Takashi Inoguchi

Journal: Asian Journal of Epidemiology
ISSN 1992-1462

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2008;
VIEW PDF   PDF DOWNLOAD PDF   Download PDF Original page

Keywords: Vertical trust | institutional trust | health | healthcare system | mass media

ABSTRACT
To investigate the relationship between trust in the mass media and self-rated health, we analyzed cross-sectional data of the Japanese population, using a logistic regression adjusted for age, gender, marital status, income, education, occupation, interpersonal trust and trust in the healthcare system. In a total of 2685 participants, 962 (35.8%) were classified as being in poor health. There were 737 (27.4%) with distrust in the mass media. In the adjusted model, distrust in the mass media was significantly associated with poor health with an odds ratio of 1.348 (95% CI, 1.078 to 1.687). Distrust in the healthcare system and interpersonal distrust was also associated with poor health. In conclusion, distrust in the mass media is significantly associated with poor health. Since the mass media is likely to be an important resource for health promotion, quality in media contents needs more improvement to enhance public trust for making people healthier.
RPA Switzerland

RPA Switzerland

Robotic process automation

    

Tango Rapperswil
Tango Rapperswil