Volume 7, Issue 5 (winter 2004)                   J Qazvin Univ Med Sci 2004, 7(5): 56-61 | Back to browse issues page

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Mahmoudian A, Ganji F, Heidarzadeh A. Effect of social working in reduction of elderly health needs. J Qazvin Univ Med Sci. 2004; 7 (5) :56-61
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Background: Health care for increasing number of elders is an important aspect of health care systems and social workers can play an effective role to meet the elders’ needs. Objective: This study was performed to assess the effects of using health workers to meet the elders’ needs. Methods: In this field trial 75 elders above 60 years old in Isfahan were involved by a simple random sampling. Elders’ needs were assessed by a questionnaire before and after a 6 month social workers’ care with collaboration of volunteer social workers. Data were analysed by SPSS software and paired t and ANOVA tests. Findings: After intervention the emotional and health related needs scores were decreased significantly (Paired t-test, P<0.0001). There was significant relationship between marital status and education with mean of needs reduction but no significant relationship between age and sex, with mean of needs reduction. Conclusion: Results indicated that social services with a low cost process and using existing facilities can make a significant decrease in elders’ needs.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Community Medicine

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