Older people's perception of anaemia in rural Southwest Uganda

Mugisha, JO; Kuper, H; Seeley, J; (2014) Older people's perception of anaemia in rural Southwest Uganda. Journal of aging and health, 26 (2). pp. 316-332. ISSN 0898-2643 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264313516165

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OBJECTIVE: To describe older people's perceptions of anemia in a rural Ugandan population. METHOD: Quantitative and qualitative data on anemia were collected from participants aged >/=50 years from January 2012 to January 2013 using questionnaires and in-depth interviews. Quantitative data were collected from 1,455 participants. Qualitative data were collected from 10 people who were purposively selected. Data were analyzed using STATA software and thematic content analysis. RESULTS: 33.8% men and 17.4% women had anemia. Older people perceived themselves to be anemic because of symptoms and beliefs about causes. Those with anemia were more likely to perceive that they had anemia (18.4% vs. 10.2%, p < .001). Poor diet, diseases, poor living conditions, and over work were mentioned as causes of anemia. Use of traditional methods for treating anemia was common. DISCUSSION: Anemia prevention and control programs in Uganda should target older people and correct misconceptions about the causes and treatment of anemia.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: The International Centre for Evidence in Disability
International Centre for Eye Health
PubMed ID: 24388898
Web of Science ID: 333399400008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1701289


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