Year : 2012 | Volume
: 1 | Issue : 2 | Page : 81--85
Psychiatric co-morbidity in geriatric inpatients
Kalasapati Lokesh Kumar, Samrat Kar, Pavan K Reddy
Department of Psychiatry, Mamata Medical College and General Hospital, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, India
Background: The prevalence of psychiatric disorders is an important area of concern in the elderly population. But, most of the psychiatric morbidity remains undetected in this age group.
Aim: To study the prevalence and pattern of psychiatric disorders in geriatric inpatients.
Materials and Methods: All the geriatric inpatients admitted in the non-psychiatric wards of Mamata General Hospital for a period of 1 month were assessed using a semi-structured interview consisting of socio-demographic details. Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) was used to screen for psychotic and non-psychotic symptoms. Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE) was used to screen for cognitive decline. The diagnosis was made according to ICD-10 diagnostic criteria.
Results: Out of 120 patients, 48 (40%) had psychiatric illness. Psychiatric disorders were more common among females and in patients living in nuclear families. Depression was found to be the most common (25%) illness.
Conclusion: This study emphasizes the importance of co-ordination between the physicians and psychiatrists for providing better psychiatric care of the geriatric inpatients.
Kalasapati Lokesh Kumar
Post Graduate, Department of Psychiatry, Mamata Medical College and General Hospital, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
|How to cite this article:|
Kumar KL, Kar S, Reddy PK. Psychiatric co-morbidity in geriatric inpatients.J NTR Univ Health Sci 2012;1:81-85
|How to cite this URL:|
Kumar KL, Kar S, Reddy PK. Psychiatric co-morbidity in geriatric inpatients. J NTR Univ Health Sci [serial online] 2012 [cited 2019 Nov 13 ];1:81-85
Available from: http://www.jdrntruhs.org/article.asp?issn=2277-8632;year=2012;volume=1;issue=2;spage=81;epage=85;aulast=Kumar;type=0