A cross-sectional study on the correlates of elderly disability was conducted in Taiwan.
A total of 400 subjects was randomly selected according to Barthel Index scores from among 2600 subjects, which was a sample of a previous community-based health survey of elderly aged 65 or over.
After comprehensive interviews and examinations of the subjects, disability dimensions and its correlates were identified.
Results showed elderly with lower Mini-Mental State Examination scores and chronic diseases (such as stroke, pressure sores, hypertension, fracture, etc.) were more physical-functionally and socially disabled.
This suggests that prevention and treatment of chronic diseases should be pursued further and that further assessment of cognitive-mental status in the elderly is warranted.
In addition, males were more disabled than females in a physical-functional aspect, which may be the consequence of the traditional Chinese cultural effect.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Handicap physique, Vieillard, Echelle évaluation, Taiwan, Maladie, Chronique, Homme, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Physical handicap, Elderly, Evaluation scale, Taiwan, Disease, Chronic, Human, Asia
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0000486
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 01/03/1996.