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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


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
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_341_18

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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.


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