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Causes for hospitalizations at upazila health complexes in Bangladesh.

Ahmed S, Siddique AK, Iqbal A, Rahman FK, Islam MN, Sobhan MA, Islam MR, Sack RB - J Health Popul Nutr (2010)

Bottom Line: During this period, 75,598 hospital admissions in total were recorded, of which 54% were for male, and 46% were for female.A considerable proportion (8.3%) of the hospitalized patients remained undiagnosed.Despite the limitations of hospital-based data, this paper gives a reasonable insight of the important causes for hospitalizations in upazila health complexes that may guide the policy-makers in strengthening and prioritizing the healthcare needs at the upazila level in Bangladesh.

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Affiliation: Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. suahmed@icddrb.org

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Morbidity and mortality data are important for planning and implementing healthcare strategies of a country. To understand the major causes for hospitalizations in rural Bangladesh, demographic and clinical data were collected from the hospital-records of five government-run rural health facilities (upazila health complexes) situated at different geographical regions of the country from January 1997 to December 2001. During this period, 75,598 hospital admissions in total were recorded, of which 54% were for male, and 46% were for female. Of all the admissions, diarrhoeal disease was the leading cause for hospitalization (25.1%), followed by injuries (17.7%), respiratory tract diseases (12.6%), diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (10.5%), obstetric and gynaecological causes (8.5%), and febrile illnesses (6.7%). A considerable proportion (8.3%) of the hospitalized patients remained undiagnosed. Despite the limitations of hospital-based data, this paper gives a reasonable insight of the important causes for hospitalizations in upazila health complexes that may guide the policy-makers in strengthening and prioritizing the healthcare needs at the upazila level in Bangladesh.

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Percent distribution of hospitalized patients by gender and 5 leading causes of illness in 5 rural hospitals of Bangladesh,1997-2001
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Figure 2: Percent distribution of hospitalized patients by gender and 5 leading causes of illness in 5 rural hospitals of Bangladesh,1997-2001

Mentions: The distribution of the leading causes for hospitalizations by gender is shown in Figure 2. The proportion of hospitalizations due to injuries and respiratory diseases was significantly higher (p<0.001) among males than among females. In contrast, the proportion of hospitalizations due to diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal diseases was significantly higher (p<0.001) among females. There was no significant difference in the proportion of hospitalizations due to febrile illnesses between males and females.


Causes for hospitalizations at upazila health complexes in Bangladesh.

Ahmed S, Siddique AK, Iqbal A, Rahman FK, Islam MN, Sobhan MA, Islam MR, Sack RB - J Health Popul Nutr (2010)

Percent distribution of hospitalized patients by gender and 5 leading causes of illness in 5 rural hospitals of Bangladesh,1997-2001
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2965332&req=5

Figure 2: Percent distribution of hospitalized patients by gender and 5 leading causes of illness in 5 rural hospitals of Bangladesh,1997-2001
Mentions: The distribution of the leading causes for hospitalizations by gender is shown in Figure 2. The proportion of hospitalizations due to injuries and respiratory diseases was significantly higher (p<0.001) among males than among females. In contrast, the proportion of hospitalizations due to diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal diseases was significantly higher (p<0.001) among females. There was no significant difference in the proportion of hospitalizations due to febrile illnesses between males and females.

Bottom Line: During this period, 75,598 hospital admissions in total were recorded, of which 54% were for male, and 46% were for female.A considerable proportion (8.3%) of the hospitalized patients remained undiagnosed.Despite the limitations of hospital-based data, this paper gives a reasonable insight of the important causes for hospitalizations in upazila health complexes that may guide the policy-makers in strengthening and prioritizing the healthcare needs at the upazila level in Bangladesh.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,B, GPO Box 128, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh. suahmed@icddrb.org

ABSTRACT
Morbidity and mortality data are important for planning and implementing healthcare strategies of a country. To understand the major causes for hospitalizations in rural Bangladesh, demographic and clinical data were collected from the hospital-records of five government-run rural health facilities (upazila health complexes) situated at different geographical regions of the country from January 1997 to December 2001. During this period, 75,598 hospital admissions in total were recorded, of which 54% were for male, and 46% were for female. Of all the admissions, diarrhoeal disease was the leading cause for hospitalization (25.1%), followed by injuries (17.7%), respiratory tract diseases (12.6%), diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (10.5%), obstetric and gynaecological causes (8.5%), and febrile illnesses (6.7%). A considerable proportion (8.3%) of the hospitalized patients remained undiagnosed. Despite the limitations of hospital-based data, this paper gives a reasonable insight of the important causes for hospitalizations in upazila health complexes that may guide the policy-makers in strengthening and prioritizing the healthcare needs at the upazila level in Bangladesh.

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Related in: MedlinePlus