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Title: Cross-sectional analysis of university students’ health using a digitised health survey
Authors: Spinazze, Pier A.
Kasteleyn, Marise J.
Aardoom, Jiska J.
Car, Josip
Chavannes, Niels H.
Keywords: Science::Medicine
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Spinazze, P. A., Kasteleyn, M. J., Aardoom, J. J., Car, J., & Chavannes, N. H. (2020). Cross-sectional analysis of university students’ health using a digitised health survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(9), 3009-. doi:10.3390/ijerph17093009
Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 
Abstract: University student years are a particularly influential period, during which time students may adopt negative behaviours that set the precedent for health outcomes in later years. This study utilised a newly digitised health survey implemented during health screening at a university in Singapore to capture student health data. The aim of this study was to analyze the health status of this Asian university student population. A total of 535 students were included in the cohort, and a cross-sectional analysis of student health was completed. Areas of concern were highlighted in student’s body weight, visual acuity, and binge drinking. A large proportion of students were underweight (body mass index (BMI) < 18.5)—18.9% of females and 10.6% of males—and 7% of males were obese (BMI > 30). Although the overall prevalence of alcohol use was low in this study population, 9% of females and 8% of males who consumed alcohol had hazardous drinking habits. Around 16% of these students (male and female combined) typically drank 3–4 alcoholic drinks each occasion. The prevalence of mental health conditions reported was very low (<1%). This study evaluated the results from a digitised health survey implemented into student health screening to capture a comprehensive health history. The results reveal potential student health concerns and offer the opportunity to provide more targeted student health campaigns to address these.
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17093009
Schools: Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) 
Research Centres: Centre for Population Health Sciences 
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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