Severity of visual impairment and depression among elderly Malaysians

Noran, N.H. and Izzuna, M.G. and Bulgiba, A.M. and Mimiwati, Z. and Ayu, S.M. (2009) Severity of visual impairment and depression among elderly Malaysians. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 21 (1). pp. 43-50. ISSN 1010-5395

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Abstract

Objective. This study aimed at evaluating the relationship between severity of visual impairment and depression among elderly Malaysians attending an eye clinic. Methods. This was a cross-sectional study. The study population included patients, aged >= 60 years who attended the Eye Clinic in University Malaya Medical Centre. Exposure measurement was based on ophthalmologic examinations by an ophthalmologist. Data on outcome were measured using the Geriatric Depression Scale. Results. After adjusting for important confounders, severity of visual impairment either having low vision or blind were independent risk factors of depression. The odds of developing depression among elderly with low vision were 2 times more than those with normal vision, and elderly who were blind had almost 5 times the odds to be depressed compared with those having normal vision. Conclusion. Findings from this study suggest a positive relationship between the severity of visual impairment and depression among elderly Malaysians.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Noran, Naqiah Hairi Izzuna, Muldha Ghazali Bulgiba, Awang Mahmud Mimiwati, Zahari Ayu, Said Mas -------------> Suggested Citation : Noran NH, Izzuna MG, Bulgiba AM, Mimiwati Z, Ayu SM. Severity of Visual Impairment and Depression Among Elderly Malaysians. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2009 Jan;21(1):43-50.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blinds; Depression; Elderly; Low Vision
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
Date Deposited: 10 May 2012 01:11
Last Modified: 10 May 2012 01:11
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3073

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