Health Promoting Behaviors in Veterans in Ilam Province

Document Type : Original Research


Bushehr University Medical Sciences


Aims: This study was an attempt to examine the health promoting behaviors in chemical veterans in Ilam province, Iran in 2012-13.
Methods: It was a cross-sectional study on the entire population of moderate and severe chemical veterans under the support of the Department of Veterans and Martyrs of Ilam province. Data collection was done using Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile II (HPLP II) with six subscales.
Results: The mean age of the sample was 51.17 ± 8.87. The mean score of HPLP II was 129.29 ± 29.94. The maximum score one could obtain was 208. The highest score was in the spiritual growth subscale and the lowest score was in the physical activity subscale. The type of injury was a good predictor of health promoting behaviors, as neurotic-chemical veterans had the least amount of these behaviors (R2= 2.9 %).
Conclusion: Considering the inappropriate state of health promoting behaviors especially physical activities in neurotic-chemical veterans, the implementation of interventional programs for increasing these behaviors are strongly recommended.