Journal article

Socio-economic status and behavioural and cardiovascular risk factors in Papua New Guinea: A cross-sectional survey

Patricia Rarau, Justin Pulford, Hebe Gouda, Suparat Phuanukoonon, Chris Bullen, Robert Scragg, Nguyen Pham Bang, Barbara McPake, Brian Oldenburg



BACKGROUND: Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) are negatively correlated with socio-economic status (SES) in high-income countries (HIC) but there has been little research on their distribution by household SES within low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Considering the limited data from LMICs, this paper examines the association between behavioural and cardiovascular risk factors and household SES in Papua New Guinea (PNG). METHODS: Reported here are results of 671 participants from the 900 randomly selected adults aged 15-65 years. These adults were recruited from three socioeconomically and geographically diverse surveillance sites (peri-urban community, rural Highland and ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Unrestricted grant from PNG ExxonMobil Partnerships 2013-2014. Melbourne Research, University of Melbourne, PhD Nossal Scholarship for Global Health, Dr. Patricia Rarau. The funder of the study had no role in study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, or writing of this manuscript. The corresponding author had full access to all the data in the study and had final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication.