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Table 14
System Classification

System Sub-sample Main
 

  Group II cases
Number
(N = 448)
%
Study cases
Number
(N = 1910)
%

Vision 291 65.0 1681 88.0
Locomotor 163 36.4 764 40.0
RS 44 9.8 308 16.1
Skin 38 8.5 254 13.3
CNS 33 7.4 358 18.7
CVS 28 6.3 333 17.4
Hearing 26 5.8 156 8.2
Abdomen/ GIT 25 5.6 190 9.9
Psychiatry 5 1.1 160 8.4
Urinary 2 0.4 66 3.5
Others 26 5.8 147 7.5
NAD 87 19.4 3 ---


5. Less number of subjects were found to be isolated from the family (9.8%) than in the study group (21.9%).

6. There was not much of a difference between the two groups on other variables (family jointness, social integration, education, occupation etc.)

Data on Group I subjects (N = 395)

Frequency of visits to geriatric clinic

Two hundred and ninety-five subjects (74.7%) reported at the geriatric clinic only when they were ill. 38 (9.6%) attended the clinic once a week, 23 (5.8%) once a fortnight and 39 (9.9%) once a month.

Intervention measures

Of the 395 subjects who were in contact with the project Geriatric clinic in the PHC at Kallandiri or at its sub-centres, all were found to be receiving medical intervention. Measures of family and social intervention were received by 386 (97.7%). Two elderly women, stated that the project staff had arranged for the economic support by way of Old Age Pension and Noon Meal.

Adequacy of treatment facilities

Three hundred and eighty-three (97%) of the subjects felt that the treatment facilities were adequate while 12 (3%) felt they were not so. Those that expressed that the facilities were not adequate (N = 12), listed insufficiency of doctors (25%), nonavailability of costly drugs (78%) and injections (33.7%) as the principle causes.

Satisfaction with services rendered

Three hundred and seventy-nine (95.9%) expressed satisfaction about the services rendered at the Geriatric clinic. The reasons advanced for being satisfied with the Geriatric clinic service included : more attention and care (N = 337, 88.9%), special

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