Indian Journal of Public Health

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 227--232

A study on self-perceived uselessness and its determinants among residents of old age homes in North Bengaluru


Gayatri Rangra1, S Archana2, Mohammed Imran3 
1 Final MBBS Student, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Subbaiah Institute of Medical Sciences, Shimoga, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
S Archana
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College, Kadugondanahalli, Shampura Main Road, Bengaluru - 560 045, Karnataka
India

Background: The study on self-perceived uselessness may help health-care workers to provide opportunities for intervention for increased quality of health and greater survival rate in elderly. Objectives: To find the prevalence of self-perceived uselessness and its determinants among the elderly residents of old age homes of North Bengaluru. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was undertaken on 129 elderly aged 60 years and above in the old age homes of North Bengaluru. Self-perceived uselessness, sociodemographic variables, morbidity status, functional status, financial status, and personal habits were assessed using a semi-structured questionnaire. Proportions, percentages, and Chi-square test were used for analysis. Results: Nearly half (45%) of the elderly had agreed that they had perceived themselves as useless as they age. Majority of those who perceived uselessness had one or >1 chronic morbidities and were functionally dependent (81.2%). Significant association was seen between self-perceived uselessness and functional dependency, gender, education, and having some form of activities during their leisure time. Conclusions: It can be concluded that self-perceived uselessness is quite prevalent in nearly one-half of the elderly in the old age homes in North Bengaluru having significant association with variables such as gender, education, leisure activities, and functional status.


How to cite this article:
Rangra G, Archana S, Imran M. A study on self-perceived uselessness and its determinants among residents of old age homes in North Bengaluru.Indian J Public Health 2019;63:227-232


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Rangra G, Archana S, Imran M. A study on self-perceived uselessness and its determinants among residents of old age homes in North Bengaluru. Indian J Public Health [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 13 ];63:227-232
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