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High occurrence and low recognition of Parkinsonism (and possible PD) in old age homes in Bangalore, South India.
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PMID:  18702384     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The elderly population in developing countries is likely to increase by 200-280%. Age related diseases like Parkinsonism are also likely to increase in ageing population. The prevalence and awareness of Parkinsonism (and possible PD) amongst them are unknown. METHODS AND MATERIAL: The objective was to know the awareness and occurrence of Parkinsonism (and possible PD) in Old Age Homes in Bangalore, South India. The study design was prospective, direct clinical evaluation, and it was old age homes in Bangalore, South India setting. There were six hundred and twelve residents of the old age homes in Bangalore. A movement disorder neurologist examined 612 elderly residents living in Old age Homes in Bangalore city, India. RESULTS: Parkinsonism was diagnosed in 109 (17.8%) of 612 residents. Possible PD was diagnosed in 9 (1.5% of 612) while in 100 (16.3% of 612) definite PD was diagnosed.94 (86.2%) had bilateral Parkinsonian signs (Stage > or = 2 of Hoehn & Yahr), only 4 (3.7%) of them or the caregivers knew they had PD. CONCLUSIONS: Knowledge about the disease was very low in the elderly residents although the occurrence of Parkinsonism was very high. Improving awareness of PD amongst the elderly and their caregivers might reduce their disability and improve their quality of life.
Mona Ragothaman; U A Murgod; G Gururaj; E D Louis; D K Subbakrishna; U B Muthane
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0004-5772     ISO Abbreviation:  J Assoc Physicians India     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-15     Completed Date:  2008-09-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505585     Medline TA:  J Assoc Physicians India     Country:  India    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Homes for the Aged
Middle Aged
Parkinson Disease / diagnosis*,  drug therapy
Parkinsonian Disorders / diagnosis*

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