Epidemiology of Communication Disorders and Its Role in Rehabilitation

Devadiga, Deepa N and Varghese, Aiswarya Liz and Bhat, Jayashree S. (2014) Epidemiology of Communication Disorders and Its Role in Rehabilitation. International Journal of Innovative Research & Development, 3 (3). pp. 469-473. ISSN 2278 – 0211

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Background: The prevalence of communication disorders has not receivedrequired attention in the literature especially in India. Objective: To determine the prevalence of communication disorders in a multidisciplinary teaching hospital,among speech and language and hearing disorders. Setting and Study Design: A retrospective study conducted at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. Materials and Methods: The data was retrieved from the records documented in the Hospital records over one year duration. The disorders were broadly categorized in terms of speech, language and hearing disorders across pediatric (0- 12 years), adult (12-50 years) and geriatric (Above 50 years) age groups. Results: The prevalence was more forauditory disorders (62%)followed by language disorders (24%) and thenspeech disorders (14%). The disorders were more prevalent in males as compared to females for the disordersunder study across all the age groups.Conclusion: Prevalence estimation is essential in the prevention or intervention strategies particularly so for the communication disorders which often go unnoticed yet have major impact on every facet of life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prevalence, Communication Disorders, Language, Speech, Retrospective
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 06:47
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 06:47
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141693

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