Abstracts presented at 2018 AGM and Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association Rivers State Branch
AUDIT OF PATIENTS AGED 60 YEARS AND ABOVE PRESENTING IN A TERTIARY
HOSPITAL IN SOUTH-SOUTH NIGERIA
*BELL- GAM HI, AMADI. E.S
Care of the Elderly Persons Unit, (CEPU) Department of Internal Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), P.M.B 6173, Alakahia, Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria
*Correspondence: Bell-Gam HI, Phone: +23408100372054. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background/Aim: Elderly persons form the majority of the population that makes use of
health facilities. CEPU was established to offer organized care of their medical, psycho-social
and rehabilitative needs in May 2013 in UPTH. This audit aims at establishing the population of
elderly persons who had been served in the past 2 years in UPTH. A review of their entry points, demographic data, pattern of diseases, other associated information and their usage of health facilities have been analyzed.
Methods: A retrospective and observational study of elderly patients seen at UPTH between
4th May 2013 and 4th May 2015 was undertaken. Data was analyzed using EPI-INFO 7.
Results: A total of 1,099 patients were analyzed. Males, 599 (54.5%) were higher in their
use of the hospital while females were 500 (45.5 %). General outpatient department, Internal
Medicine and Surgery units accounted for 31.9%, 22.2% and 8.5% respectively. Hypertension
(12.2%) and Type 2 Diabetes mellitus (4.5%) are the commonest reasons for hospital visits.
Conclusion: Non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes are more likely to cause the elderly to visit hospitals than communicable diseases. Elderly men are more likely to
visit tertiary hospitals than women. There is a wide spectrum of reasons and variety of ports of
entry where the elderly were seen. A center which provides almost all services to this
vulnerable group is advocated to co-ordinate and reduce the need for visiting several units
within the hospital.
Keywords: Audit, Hypertension, Diabetes, Elderly, Hospital visit
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