Morbidities among Elderly in a Rural Community of Coastal Karnataka: A Cross-Sectional Survey

Kulkarni, Muralidhar M and Shetty, Ranjitha S and Kamath, A and Darshan, BB and Sujatha, K and Kamath, VG (2014) Morbidities among Elderly in a Rural Community of Coastal Karnataka: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of The Indian Academy of Geriatrics, 10 (1-2). pp. 29-33.

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Background: Old age is a major challenge faced by all the countries due to increase in longevity and declining death rates. Due to increase in elderly population, there will be enormous burden on health systems of the countries especially in developing world. Objectives: The objective of the present study was to assess the morbidities among elderly, their activities of daily living (ADL) and health seeking behaviour in a rural field practice area. Methodology: In this cross sectional study, all subjects aged 60 years and above were assessed for morbidity observed in rural field practice area of Department of Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Data was collected through a pre-tested questionnaire on sociodemographic details, morbidity pattern, activity of daily living and health seeking behaviour. Data was analysed using SPSS version 15.0 and was presented in percentages and proportions. Results: Majority (63.3%) of the subjects were in the age group of 60-69 years. Commonest morbidity observed was hypertension (56.8%) followed by diabetes mellitus (27.4%) and osteoarthritis (16.2%). On assessment of ADL, 10.9% of participants had severe impairment. Most of the elderly sought allopathic treatment and prefer to utilise private health care services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elderly; ADL; health seeking behaviour; morbidities.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 04:52
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2016 16:10

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