International Journal of Advanced Community Medicine
Vol. 1, Issue 1, Part A (2018)
A study on depression among geriatric in a rural population of Uttar Pradesh, India
Author(s): Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Sandhya Mishra, Dr. AN Mishra, Dr. Nidhi Jauhari and HN Dhungana
Abstract:Background: Senior Citizen Elderly or old age consists of ages close to or exceeding the average life span of human beings. The limit of old age cannot be defined precisely because it does not have the same meaning in all societies by the middle of this century, there could be 100 million elderly people living in the India according to United Nations World population prospects report. Depression is the common psychiatric disorder among elderly. The aim of the study was to estimate the prevalence of Depression among elderly in a rural population. Design of the study was a cross sectional study conducted among 600 elderly populations in rural community of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
Methods: A validated geriatric depression scale was used to assess their depression status and the various demographic details, socio economic status and living arrangements were analyzed to see for any association with depression. Statistical analysis was chi square test and odds ratio.
Results: Among the 600 elderly subjects studied The prevalence of depression among elderly males was found to be 56.8% and among females 79.2% and the difference in the prevalence of depression among males and females was found to be statistically significance (p<0.001).
Conclusions: The results confirmed that there is a high prevalence of depression among the elderly population. There is a need to improve geriatrics health care services combined with proper monitoring and evaluation.
Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Sandhya Mishra, Dr. AN Mishra, Dr. Nidhi Jauhari, HN Dhungana. A study on depression among geriatric in a rural population of Uttar Pradesh, India. Int J Adv Community Med 2018;1(1):01-04. DOI: 10.33545/comed.2018.v1.i1a.1