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Research of the Ministry of Health will assess the health of the population

Goal is to collect data on eating habits, smoking and alcohol use in 1600 municipalities

 
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Research will collect data about habits of Brazilians, including smoking
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From 2013, the Ministry of Health will initiate research to evaluate the health of the population. About 16 thousand people, 1,600 municipalities, will undergo blood and urine, as well as measuring blood pressure.

The National Health Survey (PNS) is part of the Plan to Combat Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases. The goal is to collect data on eating habits, smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity practice and on factors associated with unhealthy behaviors of the population.

According to the Ministry of Health, the information will be the basis for actions to combat chronic diseases, which account for 72% of deaths in Brazil.

The survey will count on the partnership of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) to carry out questionnaires to 80,000 residences. He plans to estimate the coverage of cancer screening tests for cervical and breast cancer and wants to investigate further attention given to patients diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes and depression, including access to medicines, diagnostic procedures and continuity of care.

The NSP aims to further delineate the lipid profile of the population size and access to diagnosis of some chronic problems such as hypertension and diabetes.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
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