Depression in elderly: A cross-sectional study in rural South India

Ankur Barua, Das Acharya, K. Nagaraj, H. Vinod Bhat, N. S. Nair

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The objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence of depression in elderly rural population and also study the sociodemographic correlates of the depressive disorders among the elderly in this community. It was cross sectional study performed on the elderly subjects of rural area of Udupi taluk Karnataka in South India over 8 months period. A total of 627 elderly individuals of age group of 60 years and above, were interrogated : results were subjected to statistical analysis i.e proportions and their 95% confidence intervals, Chi-square test, multiple logistic regression and its 95% confidence interval. The prevalence of depression in elderly population was determined to be 21 .7%. The prevalence in the age group of 80 years and above and those individuals who had a history of death in the family within the last six months were found to be 34.4% and 52.4%, respectively. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that these two correlates were independently associated with depressive disorders in elderly population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-261
Number of pages3
JournalJournal International Medical Sciences Academy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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