Aazeb Khan


Background: People being admitted in the different wards of the Ayub Teaching Hospital (ATH), Abbottabad, present with diverse demographic profiles, and the relations of the variables making up these profiles can be extrapolated to their inter-dependency on the disease burden pouring from the area catered by this tertiary care hospital. The medical and surgical units of ATH were selected to evaluate demographic profiles. Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study, carried out among 193 admitted patients, between 16-75 years of age, chosen by simple random sampling technique. Data on demographic factors was collected from the patients. Results: One hundred and ninety-three patients (admitted from March 2015, till May 2015) were questioned; 113 males, 80 females. Mean age was 41.1 years, the age group 31–45 years represented the most number of patients. A male: female ratio of 1.4:1 was observed. Majority were from rural areas (63.2%), and spoke Hindko (67.9%). Almost 60% were married, and 53.8% were illiterate. The occupation of most male patients was farming and labour while females being mostly housewives. Socioeconomic status of 51.3% patients was “not satisfactory” (lower, <15000 Rs. income). Conclusion: The patient burden can be related to illiteracy and a poor socio-economic status. Poor health resources in the rural areas also contribute as a major factor. Disease burden is influenced by the demographic factors.

Keywords: ATH, demographic profile, Illiteracy, socioeconomic status

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