Prevalence and pattern of mental disability using Indian disability evaluation assessment scale in a rural community of Karnataka

Soans, Shashi J and Kumar, Harsha HN and Kotian, MS (2008) Prevalence and pattern of mental disability using Indian disability evaluation assessment scale in a rural community of Karnataka. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 50 (1). pp. 21-23. ISSN 0019-5545

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Abstract

Background: In the present era, mental disability is a major public health problem in the society. Many of the mental disabilities are correctable if detected early. Objectives: To assess the prevalence and pattern of mental disability. Setting and Design: Community-based cross-sectional study. One thousand subjects in all age groups were randomly selected from four villages in Udupi district, Karnataka. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted by making house-to-house visits, interviewing, and examining all the individuals in the families selected with pre-designed and pretested questionnaire. Statistical Analysis: Proportions, chi-square test. Results and Conclusion: The prevalence of mental disability was found to be 2.3%. The prevalence was higher among females (3.1%) than among males (1.5%). The prevalence was higher among the elderly age group and illiterates. There is ample scope for community-based rehabilitation of the mentally disabled.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental disability; prevalence and pattern; rural community.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 05:54
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 05:54
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/150284

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