The disease pattern of elderly medical patients in Rwanda, central Africa.
In a study of the disease pattern of the elderly in Rwanda, all patients aged 60 or more, hospitalized in a one-year period at the Medical Department, University Hospital, Butare, were examined prospectively.
One hundred and ninety-two patients were included; most were subsistence farmers having a mainly vegetarian diet and living in large families.
Infections (37.5% of the patients) and liver cirrhosis (31.8%) were the problems most frequently encountered.
Primary hepatocellular cancer was diagnosed in 5.7% of the patients and was the most frequent malignancy.
The hospitalized elderly occupied 17.5% of the available beds in the Medical Department.
Mots-clés Pascal : Epidémiologie, Vieillard, Rwanda, Politique sanitaire, Alimentation, Santé, Homme, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Epidemiology, Elderly, Rwanda, Health policy, Feeding, Health, Human, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0088222
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 199406.