Median Age of Medical Inpatients in a Tertiary Care Hospital

Authors

  • Chandra Shekhar Bala Emergency Medical Officer, National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka
  • Sarmistha Biswas Assistant professor of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka
  • Md Mahfuze Sarkar Registrar, Medicine unit I, Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Dhaka
  • Prodip Kumar Sarkar Indoor medical Officer, Medicine unit I, DMCH, Dhaka
  • Maimuna Sultana Indoor medical Officer, Medicine unit I, DMCH, Dhaka
  • Mahmuda Begum Indoor medical Officer, Medicine unit I, DMCH, Dhaka
  • Joybayer Anam Chowdhury Assistant Registrar, Medicine unit I, DMCH, Dhaka
  • Baharul Minnat State university of Bangladesh, Dhaka
  • HAM Nazmul Ahasan Professor of Medicine, Popular Medical College, Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jom.v17i1.30055

Keywords:

median age, elderly, geriatrics, inpatients

Abstract

Introduction: Population demography of the world including Bangladesh is on transition. The increasing number of elderly persons has a direct impact on the demand for health services due to the consequent rise in degenerative diseases of aging and changing life style. The chief objective was to know the median age of the medical inpatients.

Methods: This was an observational study. It was conducted in the wards of Medicine department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital from the 1st of March to 15th March.

Result: Median age of the admitted patients is 44.5 years. Highest admission is from the 6th to 8th decade of age group. A total of 176 patients (31.88%) were above the ageof 60 years.

Discussion: Median age is one of the important measures of population aging. Global median age is 29 years whereas median age of Bangladeshi population is 22 years. The medianage of medical inpatients is relatively high. Percentage of patients aged more than 50 years are doubled in two decades.

Conclusion: It is evident that the face of patients in medicine wards is growing older. We must redistribute our resources to deal the conditions and diseases prevalent to the elderly people. We must be kept our preparedness up to date to serve the senior citizens.

J MEDICINE January 2016; 17 (1) : 27-29

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Chandra Shekhar Bala, Emergency Medical Officer, National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka



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Published

2016-10-23

How to Cite

Bala, C. S., Biswas, S., Sarkar, M. M., Sarkar, P. K., Sultana, M., Begum, M., Chowdhury, J. A., Minnat, B., & Ahasan, H. N. (2016). Median Age of Medical Inpatients in a Tertiary Care Hospital. Journal of Medicine, 17(1), 27–29. https://doi.org/10.3329/jom.v17i1.30055

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