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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-85

Psychiatric co-morbidity in geriatric inpatients

Department of Psychiatry, Mamata Medical College and General Hospital, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Kalasapati Lokesh Kumar
Post Graduate, Department of Psychiatry, Mamata Medical College and General Hospital, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.98338

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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.

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