The effect of community based daycare on mental health and qaulity of life elderly in rural south India: A community intervention study

Mini Elizabeth Jacob, Vinod Joseph Abraham, Sulochana Abraham, K. S. Jacob

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Abstract

Background: Sustainable cost-effective interventions to improve psychiatric morbidity and quality of life among the elderly have not been systematically evaluated in developing countries. Method: The most vulnerable elderly living in Pennathur, Vellore district, India, in terms of socioeconomic status and social supports, were invited to participate in a day-care program. Baseline assessments were done using the Mini Mental Status Examination, the Revised Clinical Interview Schedule and the World Health Organisation Quality of Life- Bref. Follow-up assessment was done at 3 months on subjects who took part and those who refused. Results and conclusions: Forty-one (16.4%) were invited to take part. Twenty subjects took part in the program while 21 refused. There was a significant reduction in psychiatric morbidity and improvement in quality of life scores at 3 months for subjects who attended the program. The improvement in quality of life persisted after adjusting for gender, socioeconomic status and baseline scores. Costing of the program suggests sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-447
Number of pages3
JournalInternational journal of geriatric psychiatry
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Day care
  • Depression
  • Elderly
  • India
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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