A STUDY TO ASSESS THE KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE REGARDING CATARACT AMONG THE ELDERLY PEOPLE IN SELECTED URBAN COMMUNITY OF GUWAHATI, ASSAM
Author(s):
AZIZA BEGUM
Keywords:
Knowledge, Attitude, Cataract, Elderly
Abstract
A Cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye which leads to a disease in vision. It is the most common cause of blindness and is conventionally treated with surgery. Those with cataracts often experience difficulty in appreciating colors and changes in vision, driving, reading, recognizing faces & coping with glare from bright light. Discoveries in medical science and improved social conditions during the past few decades have increased the life span of man. Many people in the developed countries are living more than 70 years and over. In the world about 12% of the people live more 65 years of age, as against 3.8% in India. The life expectancy is increased due to the improvement of medical and social services all over the country. Wearing ultraviolet-protecting sunglasses may slow the development of cataracts. The aim of the study is to assess the knowledge and attitude regarding cataract among the elderly people in selected urban community of Guwahati, Assam”.Objectives of the study were 1. To assess the knowledge regarding cataract among elderly people in selected urban community of Guwahati. 2. To assess the attitude on cataract among elderly people in selected urban community of Guwahati. 3. To correlate the knowledge and attitude regarding cataract among elderly people in selected urban community of Guwahati. 4. To find out the association between knowledge regarding cataract with their selected demographic variables such as age, gender, education, family monthly income, occupation.5. To find out association between attitude regarding cataract among elderly people with their selected demographic variables such as age, gender, education, family monthly income, occupation. The research approach adopted for the study was descriptive survey research approach. The tools used for the study were structured questionnaire to assess the knowledge and 3-point Likert scale to assess attitude. The tool was validated by 6 experts. The reliability of tool was determined by using Split Half method, Karl‘s Pearson Formula for Reliability. The reliability of Knowledge was (0.80) and attitude was (0.70). The technique used for the study was self report. Majority 56 (56%) of the respondents were in the age group
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 12

Page(s): 2332 - 2336
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