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Volume 28, Issue 3(201) 2018
A community-based study: the prevalence and associated factors of pterygium among the elderly living in Thu Duc district
Author: Doan Phuoc Thuoc, Le Cong Linh, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang
Summary:
Pterygium is a popular disease in tropical monsoon climate. In Vietnam, the prevalence of this disease is from 5.2% to 17.0% in the community, and around 20.0% in the elderly. The proactive prevention of pterygium plays a vital role in primary health care. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and associated factors of pterygium among the elderly living in Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh city. A cross sectional design study was carried out in 1000 elderly people living in Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh city from August 29th to October 15th, 2016. The raw data has been entered and analyzed by SPSS version 20.0. Descriptive statistics was summarized descriptive data. Logistic regression was used to summarize the predictors of pterygium. The variables with p-value less than 0.05 were considered as carrying significant risks of pterygium. Results showed that the prevalence of pterygium among the elderly at high altitude was 15.6%. Age, gender, education level, average outdoor time/day (hours/day), total outdoor time (years), alcohol consumption, level of smoking, wearing sunglasses, level of exercise, level of ophthalmic drop, level of doing physical activity, dry eye syndrome (DES) and genetic factors/family history of pterygium were significantly associated with pterygium (p < 0.05). There is a high prevalence of pterygium in the elderly living in Thu Duc district, Ho Chi Minh city. Study of related factors will contribute to the development of community intervention programs, effective health education and communication in the local area
Keywords:
Pterygium, the elderly, community-based study, Thu Duc, HCM city
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