Iris van der Heide

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BACKGROUND Several studies regarding the effect of retirement on physical as well as mental health have been performed, but the results thereof remain inconclusive. The aim of this review is to systematically summarise the literature on the health effects of retirement, describing differences in terms of voluntary, involuntary and regulatory retirement and(More)
BACKGROUND Relatively little knowledge is available to date about health literacy among the general population in Europe. It is important to gain insights into health literacy competences among the general population, as this might contribute to more effective health promotion and help clarify socio-economic disparities in health. This paper is part of the(More)
Health literacy has been put forward as a potential mechanism explaining the well-documented relationship between education and health. However, little empirical research has been undertaken to explore this hypothesis. The present study aims to study whether health literacy could be a pathway by which level of education affects health status. Health(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the prevalence, impact and dose-response relationship of comorbid chronic conditions on quality of life of type 2 diabetes patients. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Cross-sectional data of 1676 type 2 diabetes patients, aged 31-96 years, and treated in primary care, were analyzed. Quality of life (QoL) was measured using the mental(More)
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