The self-perceived health needs of the rural elderly who live alone.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/302583
Title:
The self-perceived health needs of the rural elderly who live alone.
Authors:
O'Connor, M
Affiliation:
Midland Health Board, Westmeath, Ireland.
Citation:
The self-perceived health needs of the rural elderly who live alone. 1992, 161 (4):108-11 Ir J Med Sci
Journal:
Irish journal of medical science
Issue Date:
Apr-1992
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/302583
PubMed ID:
1428758
Abstract:
A randomised cross-sectional survey of Public Health Nurses (PHN) registers was carried out in two rural counties, Westmeath and Longford, Ireland. 200 elderly people living alone, consisting of 50 aged 65-74 years in each of the two counties and 50 aged > or = 75 years expressed their health needs in terms of physical, mental and social well-being. 50% lived in accommodation with inadequate bathroom facilities and only 38.9% were content with their current accommodation. 37.9% felt their finances were inadequate while 15.7% were unsure of their eligibility for different entitlements. 17.6% had personal experience of crime. 39.4% lacked a means of obtaining emergency help. The majority (61.7%) perceived themselves as enjoying excellent/good health. The unmet demand for services, other than transport, varied from 11.6% for laundry services to 0% for PHN visits. Transport services were judged inadequate by 51.5% of the study group. It is concluded that by analysing and cross-analysing in terms of variables used in this study, aspects of health care needs could be targetted for different subgroups within the elderly alone group. While not complete in themselves they would help in the targetting of scarce resources.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
MENTAL HEALTH; OLDER PEOPLE; RURAL AREA
MeSH:
Aged; Attitude to Health; Cross-Sectional Studies; Health Services Needs and Demand; Health Status; Humans; Ireland; Mental Health; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Rural Health; Self-Assessment; Social Support
ISSN:
0021-1265

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Men_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-01T13:37:50Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-01T13:37:50Z-
dc.date.issued1992-04-
dc.identifier.citationThe self-perceived health needs of the rural elderly who live alone. 1992, 161 (4):108-11 Ir J Med Scien_GB
dc.identifier.issn0021-1265-
dc.identifier.pmid1428758-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/302583-
dc.description.abstractA randomised cross-sectional survey of Public Health Nurses (PHN) registers was carried out in two rural counties, Westmeath and Longford, Ireland. 200 elderly people living alone, consisting of 50 aged 65-74 years in each of the two counties and 50 aged > or = 75 years expressed their health needs in terms of physical, mental and social well-being. 50% lived in accommodation with inadequate bathroom facilities and only 38.9% were content with their current accommodation. 37.9% felt their finances were inadequate while 15.7% were unsure of their eligibility for different entitlements. 17.6% had personal experience of crime. 39.4% lacked a means of obtaining emergency help. The majority (61.7%) perceived themselves as enjoying excellent/good health. The unmet demand for services, other than transport, varied from 11.6% for laundry services to 0% for PHN visits. Transport services were judged inadequate by 51.5% of the study group. It is concluded that by analysing and cross-analysing in terms of variables used in this study, aspects of health care needs could be targetted for different subgroups within the elderly alone group. While not complete in themselves they would help in the targetting of scarce resources.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Irish journal of medical scienceen_GB
dc.subjectMENTAL HEALTHen_GB
dc.subjectOLDER PEOPLEen_GB
dc.subjectRURAL AREAen_GB
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshAttitude to Health-
dc.subject.meshCross-Sectional Studies-
dc.subject.meshHealth Services Needs and Demand-
dc.subject.meshHealth Status-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMental Health-
dc.subject.meshPatient Acceptance of Health Care-
dc.subject.meshRural Health-
dc.subject.meshSelf-Assessment-
dc.subject.meshSocial Support-
dc.titleThe self-perceived health needs of the rural elderly who live alone.en_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentMidland Health Board, Westmeath, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish journal of medical scienceen_GB

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