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One of the major functions of the MPHWs was making it known to the geriatric subjects in the PHC area, about the functioning of the 'geriatric clinic' at the PHC/ Sub-centres. An evaluation of this 'awareness' revealed a near total success since 564 (94%) knew of the geriatric clinic at the PHC/ Sub-centres.

Some of the services offered by the MPHWs were appreciated by the elderlies, (Table 13) :

Table 13

  Services rendered by MPHW N %

1.  Dispensing of drugs at doorstep 337 55.9
2.  Taking them to PHC/ Sub-centre 309 51.2
3.  Maternity Care of the young women 258 42.8
4.  Referral to Geriatric clinic 225  
5.  Health Education 212 35.2
6.  Arranging project research officer to visit to the household 2 0.3
7.  Family counselling 2 0.3


Three fourths of the subjects (N = 453, 75%) admitted their having been benefited by the MPHWs' services while 76 (13%) felt otherwise. The remaining 74 (12%) were non-committal.

The expectations of the subjects concerned medical (N = 251, 42%), economic (N = 203, 34%), social, recreational, nutritional (N = 45, 8%) and occupational (N = 33, 6%) rehabilitative measures. However, 71 (12%) entertained none of these or other expectations.

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