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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 125-129

Epidemiology of disability in a rural community of Karnataka

1 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Professor, Community Medicine, KS Hegde Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, KMC, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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K S Ganesh
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 19189833

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Objectives: To determine the prevalence and pattern of disability in all age groups in a rural community of Karnataka. Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted during January-December 2004 among 1000 study subjects of all age groups selected randomly from four villages under rural field practice area of a teaching institution. Subjects were interviewed and examined using a predesigned schedule. Percentage prevalence, chi square test and multiple logistic regression analysis were used for statistical analysis. Results: The prevalence of disability was found to be 6.3%. Both physical and mental disabilities are of great concrn in this area. 80% of the disabled had multiple disabilities. Knowledge and occupation plays a major role as determinants of disability. Chronic medical conditions are also more common among disabled.

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