Prevalence and Factors Associated with Depression among Elderly in San Ton Kok Village, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Teeraporn Chamroon
Pawichaya Sanchai
Wanchanok Khuanpet
Sanita Seekumnurd
Sirada Keawkhamfu
Pilasinee Wonngnuch


Introduction: Depression is an important public health concern due to its devastating morbidity and mortality among elderly. Objectives: The study aims to estimate the prevalence and factors associated with depression among elderly in San Ton Kok village, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Methods: An analytic cross-sectional study was conducted at San Ton Kok village, Chiang Rai, during the period September to November in 2018. A total sample of 72 elderly with age 60 years or above was randomly selected. The PHQ-9 was used to assess a depressive symptoms and a socio-demographic questionnaire was used to identify factors associated with depression. Logistic regression at α=0.05 were used to determine the association between variables. Results: Overall, there were 72 subjects of whom 62.5% were female, and 61.1% were aged 60-69 years. The prevalence of depression among elderly in San Ton Kok village was 16.6%. The multivariable logistic regression model revealed that marital status (AOR = 5.33; 95%CI = 1.20-23.61) were associated with depression among elderly. Conclusion: The prevalence of depression among elderly was found to be not high. Elderly without partner needs to be given to screening and treating depression.



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Chamroon, T., Sanchai, P., Khuanpet, W., Seekumnurd, S., Keawkhamfu, S., & Wonngnuch, P. (2020). Prevalence and Factors Associated with Depression among Elderly in San Ton Kok Village, Chiang Rai, Thailand. Journal of Health Science and Alternative Medicine, 2(1), 19-24. Retrieved from
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