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Revista Costarricense de Salud Pública

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CAMARGO LEMOS, Diana Marina; OROZCO-VARGAS, Luis Carlos  and  NINO CRUZ, Gloria Isabel. Quality Of Life In College Students. Evaluation Of Associated Factors. Rev. costarric. salud pública [online]. 2014, vol.23, n.2, pp.117-123. ISSN 1409-1429.

Objective: To determine the level of quality of  life in college students health areas and  evaluate associated factors. Methods: Cross sectional study. Sociodemographic variables were measured, level of physical activity with the International Physical Activity Questionnaire, pain with Self Registration Form Pain and quality of life with the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire. Models of simple and multiple linear regression assessed associations. Results: A total of 237 students, 37.1% male, mean age 20.6 ± 2.2 years. The prevalence of vigorous physical activity was 8.4%, 18.3% acute pain and chronic 22.8%, the average weekly hours of school day 30.9 ± 10.7 hours and quality of life ranged between 33 and 75/100. Acute pain (β:-2.6), chronic pain (β: -3.9) and hours per week of classroom academic day (β:-0.07) were negatively associated with quality of life, only vigorous physical activity was positive (β = 5.3). Conclusions: The factors evaluated are likely to intervene. It requires the implementation of programs aimed at promoting physical activity, recreation and sport, as part of a healthy lifestyle that contributes to improving the quality of life of college students.

Keywords : quality of life; pain; motor activity; young adult.

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