International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Community Medicine | India | Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023 | Rating: 5.1 / 10

Morbidity Profile of Elderly Population and its Association with Various Factors in Rural Area of District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh: A Community Based Cross-Sectional Study

Dr. Anil Kumar Verma [4] | Dr. Shweta Kanwal [4]

Abstract: Introduction: Elderly people have got specific needs related to health. There is increasing need for good quality geriatric health care service at the primary level to manage the commonly existing health problems in the community. This study was conducted with the objective to study morbidity profile of elderly population in rural area of district Kangra, Himachal Pradesh (H. P.). Material and methods: It was across-sectional study carried out for a period of one year (July 2018 to August 2019) with sample size of 570 for rural area. Data was collected by using a self-administered, self designed and pretested semi-structured questionnaire. Data was coded and entered in Microsoft excel and was analysed using SPSS version 24. Results: Cardiovascular diseases (68.1%) were the most common problem found followed by musculoskeletal disorder (63.6%) and visual problem (57.0%). Hypertension (37.3%) was the most common morbidity in cardiovascular diseases, bronchial asthma (26.4%) in respiratory disease, osteoarthritis (36.9%) in musculoskeletal disorders and heart burn/peptic ulcer (19.5%) in GI disorders. Conclusion: Almost all elderly had reported to have one or the other health problem. Most of the health problems of elderly are controllable if addressed properly. Hence there is an urgent need of dealing the geriatric health problems in comprehensive and coordinated approach by health personnels and good compliance by the elderly people and their family members.

Keywords: Elderly, Morbidity profile, Aging, Rural area, Prevalence

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023,

Pages: 997 - 1000

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