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Natl J Community Med. 2019; 10(5): 308-311

Socio-Demographic Profile and Morbidity Pattern of Patients in A Rural Field Practice Area of Government Medical College, Miraj, Maharashtra

Vikas D Kshirsagar, Shekhar S Rajderkar, Shivaji Aldar, Sonali Wetam.


Introduction: The shifting trend of diseases from communicable to non-communicable diseases pose a dual threat in India will also add to the burden of morbidity. In view of this, the present study was conduct-ed to assess the common morbidity pattern among the rural population of Maharashtra.
Material and methods: A cross sec-tional study were conducted among the rural population of field practice area of Government Medical Col-lege, Miraj, Maharashtra. The study was conducted from 1st January 2018 to 31st December 2018. Patients attending Out Patient Department (OPD) services of Rural Health Training Centre and willing to par-ticipate in the study were included. Data on the current morbidity among the patients attending OPD services was gathered by the health workers. Analysis was conducted using the percentages.
Results: It was observed that majori-ty of patients attended the OPD ser-vices were females i.e. 54.3% and 45.7% patients were males. The most common morbidity observed among the participants was respira-tory infections i.e. 29.8%. Other morbidities seen were musculoskel-etal diseases in 17.3% participants, nutritional problems in 17.1% par-ticipants and non-communicable diseases in 13.6% study subjects.
Conclusion: The study revealed du-al burden of communicable as well as chronic and non-communicable diseases in the rural population.

Key words: Socio-demographic profile. Morbidity

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