Relationship Between the Physical Activity Levels and Health Care Utilization in Korean Elderly

한국 노인의 신체활동 정도와 의료이용과의 관련성

  • Kwak, Kwang-Il (Joint Research Institute, Yeosu Baek Hospital) ;
  • Baek, Chang-Hee (Joint Research Institute, Yeosu Baek Hospital) ;
  • Ryu, So-Yeon (Dept. of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University)
  • Received : 2014.08.29
  • Accepted : 2015.01.08
  • Published : 2015.01.31


This study examined the relationship between the physical activity levels and health care utilization in Korean elderly based on the data from The fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (K-NHANES V). As a result, physically active participants were 0.54 times (OR;95% CI, p<0.001) less likely to use inpatient health care and 0.73 times (OR;95% CI, p=0.040) less likely to use outpatient health care and 0.75 times (OR;95% CI, p<0.007) less likely to use drugstores than physically inactive participants, and the frequency of health care use was lower. In addition, physically minimal active participants were 0.64 times (OR;95% CI, p<0.001) less likely to use inpatient health care than physically inactive participants; the frequency of other health care facilities was lower. In conclusion, the relationship between being physically active and lower health care utilization among Korean elderly identified in this study. This suggests that being physically active is helpful to the elderly, not only in health promotion and improving quality of life, but also in reduced medical expenditure.


Physical Activity Levels;Health Care Utilization;The Korean Elderly;K-NHANES V


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