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FOLLOWUP AND OUTCOME DATA

The followup had, as its objectives, the assessment of improvement in terms of health of the aged and in psychosocial areas like family jointness and integration and social integration and the degree of rehabilitation. The occurrence of fresh complaints or new diagnoses were also noted. Each subject was evaluated at 6 monthly intervals.

It was possible to have a complete followup evaluation in 1745 (91.4%) subjects out of the total material of 1910 for the study. 1577 subjects had two evaluations, 162 had 3 evaluations and there were 6, who had 4 evaluations. 56 subjects could not be evaluated in terms of outcome since 24 of them had shifted their residence and the addresses of their new residence were not known and the whereabouts of the other 32 could not be ascertained. (Table 4).

Table 4
Outcome Data on Followup

Number registered  :  1910
Number with complete final evaluation  :  1745 (91.4%)
Mortality  :  109 (5.7%)
Number who had shifted residence  :  24 (1.3%)
Number not traceable  :  32 (1.6%)
Evaluation details (N = 1745)
Number with two evaluations  :  1577 (82.6%)
Number with three evaluations  :  162 (8.5%)
Number with four evaluations  :  6 (0.3%)


Mortality

One Hundred and Nine subjects had died at the time of follow up (5'7%) (Males: 53, Females: 56). Among the important causes of death were cardiovascular diseases (34), cerebrovascular accidents (14), and malignancy (9). There were 2 deaths from Benign prostatic hypertrophy with complications. 26 cases died from respiratory diseases and 2 from dementia. Two cases of accidental drowning (a case of Organic Brain syndrome and a case of partial blindness) occurred.

I. CLINICAL

The clinical outcome in the subjects have been rated as 'cured', 'cured and relapsed', 'improved', 'static' and 'worsening'. In addition, the new signs and symptoms and diagnoses have also been taken into account. These relate to their absence at index evaluation and occurrence at the followup.

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