Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2017)
Psychosocial and Health related issues among Elderly Population in a Rural Population of Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh
Author(s): Dr Brajesh Anand PD, Siraj Ahmad, Mukesh Shukla
Abstract: Background: Population ageing is recognised international reality in both developed and developing countries like India. The present cross-sectional study was undertaken to study psychosocial and health related issues among the Elderly in a rural population of Barabanki district, Uttar Pradesh. Material &Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was conducted among 782 elderly subjects in rural population of Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh. A pre-tested semi structured schedule was used to collect information regarding bio-social characteristics and complete clinical examinations along with review of medical history were performed among the study subjects to assess any type chronic morbid and psycho-social problems. Results: Overall 45.3 percent elderly population had some type of addiction. In that 51.6% male elderly had some type of addiction and 38.1% female had some type of addiction. Most frequent morbidity was musculoskeletal impairment (36.6%) followed by vision impairment (34.7%) while 38.2% elderly had no diagnosed morbidity. Most frequent psychosocial problem feeling neglect (26.9%) followed by loneliness (17.0%). Conclusion: The different morbidities along with psychosocial problems were quite prevalent among elderly which emphasize the need towards special intervention strategies with integrated comprehensive health approach at community level.
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