Study of morbidity profile of elderly attending urban health training centre of Nalanda Medical College, Patna, Bihar, India

Rashmi Singh, Sujit Kumar, A. P. K. Sinha


Background: Ageing is the organic process of growing older and showing the effects of increasing. There is a tremendous increase in the number and proportions of the senescent population in our surrounding which created a situation of concern towards the problems of the aged population. The objective of the study was to assess the common diseases occurring among elderly population and the co-morbid conditions.

Methods: A hospital based cross-sectional study was carried out among 383 elderly patients attending Urban Health Training Centre of Nalanda Medical College, Patna, Bihar. Their socio-demographic profile and morbidity pattern were assessed by face to face interview. Data were entered into Microsoft excel 2010 spread sheet and analysed by SPSS software version 16.

Results: High percentage of elderly suffered from anemia which was 65.79% followed by urological problem which was present in 41.25% and 41.25% of elderly were underweight. Prevalence of hypertension and diabetes were 21.14% and 14.36% respectively.

Conclusions: The study shows that there is high prevalence of morbidity among elderly. There is an urgent need to develop affordable and accessible geriatric health care services.


Geriatric, Morbidity, Urban

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