The aim of this study was to compare differences between elderly patients from non-English-speaking backgrounds (NESB) and English-speaking backgrounds (ESB) admitted to an acute psychogeriatric unit.
Sociodemographic and clinical variables were collated from inpatient files for a 12-month period and analysed according to NESB and ESB status.
The 1996 Australian Census data were used for comparison of catchment area representation of different ethnic groups.
With a few exceptions, admission rates for elderly patients from NESB reflected the representation of that ethnic group in the catchment area population figures.
No significant differences were found between the two groups for mean age, length of stay and previous admissions to the unit.
Patients from NESB were less likely to be admitted voluntarily and less likely to be diagnosed with affective disorder.
These differences were more marked for males, who were more likely to be diagnosed with dementia.
These findings suggest that further investigation is required into the accessibility of psychiatric hospitalisation for elderly patients from NESB.
Under-recognition of disorders such as depression and reluctance to accept necessary inpatient management are two possible factors that should concern mental health service providers for the ethnic elderly. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Démence sénile, Admission hôpital, Personne âgée, Homme, Locuteur, Langue autochtone, Australie, Océanie, Anglais, Etude comparative, Langue étrangère, Facteur sociodémographique, Ethnie, Santé mentale, Environnement social, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Maladie dégénérative
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Senile dementia, Hospital admission, Elderly, Human, Speaker, Autochtonal language, Australia, Oceania, English, Comparative study, Foreign language, Sociodemographic factor, Ethnic group, Mental health, Social environment, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Degenerative disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0433996
Code Inist : 002B18I09. Création : 22/03/2000.