Severity of visual impairment and depression among elderly Malaysians

Noran, N.H.; Izzuna, M.G.; Bulgiba, A.M.; Mimiwati, Z.; 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
    Creators:
    1. Noran, N.H.
    2. Izzuna, M.G.
    3. Bulgiba, A.M.(Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
    4. Mimiwati, Z.
    5. Ayu, S.M.
    Journal or Publication Title: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
    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 09:11
    Last Modified: 10 May 2012 09:11
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3073

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