Psychosocial assessment of geriatric subjects in Abha City, Saudi Arabia
AbstractPsychosocial assessment of geriatric subjects was carried out through a home-based survey of people aged 65 years and over [n = 810] in the catchment areas of 3 primary health care centres. All the participants had a structured interview and were given a short version of the geriatric depression scale. Depression was found in 17.5% of the subjects, more commonly in women [27.7% versus 12.7%]. The combined effect of impaired perceived health status [52.4%] and functional capacity [26.6%], loneliness [4.5%], single status [24.3%], and lack of education [80.5%] explained 23.7% of the variance in depression score by multiple regression analysis. Depression is a problem among the geriatric population in the region, especially women. Periodic home psychosocial screening of geriatrics is recommended
Abolfotouh, M.A., Daffallah, A.A., Khan, M.Y., Khattab, M.S. & Abdulmoneim, I. (2001). Psychosocial assessment of geriatric subjects in Abha City, Saudi Arabia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119044
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 7 (3), 481491, 2001
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