Indonesia, although is generally enjoying relatively steady progress in development, some parts of the country is said to have undergone unequal development. Many people agreed that eastern part of Indonesia is still underdeveloped compared to its western counterpart. It is interesting to see how the inequality have affected a health outcome. This study examines risk factors associated with hypertension among communities in Eastern Indonesia.Design and Method:
This study uses data collected from Indonesia Family Life Survey East 2012. The IFLS East is a large-scale multi topic household and community survey of living conditions that covers Eastern provinces in Indonesia, namely: Nusa Tenggara Timur, Kalimantan Timur, Sulawesi Tenggara, Maluku, Maluku Utara, Papua Barat and Papua. It interviewed around 10.000 individuals in 2.500 households. Social, economic, education and health information are collected through structured questionnaires, alongside with health measurements that include health, wealth, waist and hip circumference measurements as well as blood pressure measurement using digital sphygmomanometer.Results:
The study found that 5.950 people who were measured for hypertension, 24% of them had higher blood pressure. Age, sex, body mass index, marital status, and education are among characteristics associated with the hypertension.Conclusions:
East Indonesia specific information is very important to fill information gap about East Indonesia, and hopefully this will provide strong evidence for improvement of design and provision of health service.