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Prevalence of frailty in rural community-dwelling older adults in Kegalle district of Sri Lanka: a population-based cross-sectional study

Siriwardhana, DD; Weerasinghe, MC; Rait, G; Falcaro, M; Scholes, S; Walters, KR; (2019) Prevalence of frailty in rural community-dwelling older adults in Kegalle district of Sri Lanka: a population-based cross-sectional study. BMJ Open , 9 (1) , Article e026314. 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026314. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Our main objective was to describe the prevalence and associated sociodemographic factors of frailty and pre-frailty in rural community-dwelling older adults in Kegalle district of Sri Lanka. DESIGN: Community-based cross-sectional study. SETTING: The study was conducted in rural areas of Kegalle district in Sri Lanka. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 746 community-dwelling older adults aged ≥60 years were included in the study. RESULTS: The prevalence of frailty and pre-frailty in rural Kegalle district was 15.2% (95% CI 12.3% to 18.6%) and 48.5% (95% CI 43.8% to 53.2%), respectively. We found a strong association between age and both frailty and pre-frailty. There were strong associations between longest-held occupation and frailty and education level and pre-frailty. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of frailty in this rural Sri Lankan older population was high compared with high-income and upper middle-income countries. The profile of health and social care services in Sri Lanka needs to address frailty and its consequences.

Type: Article
Title: Prevalence of frailty in rural community-dwelling older adults in Kegalle district of Sri Lanka: a population-based cross-sectional study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026314
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026314
Language: English
Additional information: © Author(s) (or their employer[s]) 2019. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068411
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