“MAGNITUDE OF DISABILITIES IN A RURAL AREA OF VARANASI”.
*Dr. Priyanka Kesarwani and Dr. C. P. Mishra
Introduction: Avoidable disability is a major socio-economic and public health problem and measurement of disability is influenced by several factors. It will be worthwhile to study the magnitude and spectrum of disability in general and to pin-point areas requiring focussed attention and personalised care to optimise interventions at various levels. Material and Methods: Information pertaining to disability status of 3600 subjects was obtained by interviewing the head of the family or any responsible member with the help of predesigned and pretested interview schedule based on WHO classification for disabilities and modified on the basis of pretesting. Results: Overall prevalence of disability was 14.03%. This was least (1.9%) in 0-4-year age group. Education, occupation and family size were significantly (p<0.01) associated with disability status. Conclusion: More attention should be required for geriatric age group, illiterates and for unemployed subjects.
Keywords: Disability, Rural area, Disabled person, WHO.
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