Table 2

Pre-tsunami and current overall health scores and prevalence of symptoms suffered in the last month.

Symptom/health score


Male

Female


Transitional camp (n = 57)

Housing project (n = 64)

P

Transitional camp (n = 99)

Housing project (n = 83)

P


Overall current health (mean)a

2.86 (S.D. 1.27)

3.53 (S.D. 1.10)

0.004

2.83 (S.D. 1.00)

3.65 (S.D. 0.97)

<0.001


Overall pre-tsunami health (mean)a

4.12 (S.D. 0.69)

3.95 (S.D. 0.88)

0.24

4.11 (S.D. 0.65)

3.88 (S.D. 0.90)

0.051


Unwell

64.9% (37)

39.1% (25)

0.005

83.8% (83)

50.6% (42)

<0.001


Cough

43.9%(25)

21.9% (14)

0.01

52.5% (52)

20.5% (17)

<0.001


Stomach ache

15.8% (9)

7.8% (5)

0.17

25.3% (25)

3.6% (3)

<0.001


Diarrhoea

5.3% (3)

6.3% (4)

0.82

8.1% (8)

3.6% (3)

0.21


Headache

40.4% (23)

18.8% (12)

<0.01

71.7% (71)

26.5% (22)

<0.001


General aches and pains

50.9% (29)

21.9% (14)

<0.01

61.6% (61)

22.9% (19)

<0.001


aThe differences between pre-tsunami and current health for each group was significant (p < 0.001).

Turner et al. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2009 9:16   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-9-16

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