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Physcial and mental health problems of the elderly in nursing homes in Kuantan, Pahang

Md Aris, Mohd Aznan and Draman, Samsul (2007) Physcial and mental health problems of the elderly in nursing homes in Kuantan, Pahang. International Medical Journal Malaysia, 6 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1823-4631

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Aim of study: To describe the residents of nursing home for the elderly in relation to their socio-demographic, physical and mental profiles. Method: A cross-sectional study design was carried out. The elderly in two selected nursing homes in Kuantan, Pahang were interviewed. The respondents were interviewed using a structured questionnaire which included the biodata, social background, medical illness, presence of cognition, depression and ability to perform basic activities of daily living (ADL). Results: Results are available for 36 respondents out of 41 residents, giving a response rate of 87.8%. Chinese (77.8%), male (63.9%), single or divorced (50%), and low income (69.4%) was consisted the majority. Most respondents (86.1%) suffered from chronic illness, 61.1% were functional dependent (according to Barthel index), 33.3% have cognitive impairment (according ECAQ) and 22.2% have depression (according to GDS-14). The most common functional dependence was mobility on level surface (47.2%), followed by climbing stairs (38.9%). Conclusion: This study had identified chronic illness, cognitive impairment, depression, and functional decline as major health problems of the elderly in nursing homes that require greater attention and intervention.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4632/23025
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing home, ECAQ (Elderly Cognitive Assessment Questionnaire), Barthel Index, ADL (Activities Daily Living), GDS (Geriatric Depression Scale)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Depositing User: Prof Dr Mohd Aznan Md Aris
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2013 09:02
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015 08:56
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/23025

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