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Sri Lanka Elderly Study: Phase 1 (SLES:1) – A descriptive study of the health status and physiological parameters of institutionalized elderly in Colombo district: The protocol

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W. A. D. L. Amarasiri ,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Physiology
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P. M. Atapattu,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Physiology
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K. P. C. Dalpatadu,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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W. D. N. Dissanayake,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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A. D. A. Fernando,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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N. H. D. Fernando,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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M Gunatilake,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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R. Jayawardena,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Department of Physiology,

Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
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S. K. Jayaweera,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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M. A. H. P. Kumarasiri,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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H. A. R. Ranawaka,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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B. L. Sathkumara,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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H. C. C. Thisera,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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U. A. H. Udagedara,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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A. V. N. N. Upekshani,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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N. Vamasiwan,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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K. Vithanage,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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A. O. K. Waidyarathne,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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W. M. L. V. Wanninayake,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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S. Wasalathanthri,

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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N Wickramasinghe

Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Objectives: Population ageing is a world phenomenon affecting many sectors including health. High prevalence of multiple co-morbidities, increased healthcare expenditure, psychological disease and social consequences are some major health problems of ageing. Study of physiology and health status among elders is an important component in geriatric care. This is a study protocol to describe overall health status and functional capacity among the elders in residential care facilities in Colombo district.

Methods: Eligible elders aged over 65 years, in all residential care facilities in Colombo district, registered under the National Secretariat for elders will be included in this cross-sectional study. Data on basic demography and medical co-morbidities will be collected. Nutritional status will be assessed by 24-hour dietary recall, mini nutritional assessment and anthropometric measurements. Five fried model indicators, Montreal cognitive assessment and geriatric depression scale will be used to assess frailty, depression and cognition respectively. Timed up and go test and five times sit to stand test will be performed to assess the risk of falls and the FRAX index for osteoporotic risk assessment. Spirometry
will be used to assess respiratory function. Descriptive and correlation analysis of data will be performed.

Discussion: This is a comprehensive health assessment of the elderly population living in residential care facilities for elders in Colombo. The study will contribute to establish better geriatric care in Sri Lanka and will serve as a model to design an island wide study on elderly.
How to Cite: Amarasiri, W.A.D.L., Atapattu, P.M., Dalpatadu, K.P.C., Dissanayake, W.D.N., Fernando, A.D.A., Fernando, N.H.D., Gunatilake, M., Jayawardena, R., Jayaweera, S.K., Kumarasiri, M.A.H.P., Ranawaka, H.A.R., Sathkumara, B.L., Thisera, H.C.C., Udagedara, U.A.H., Upekshani, A.V.N.N., Vamasiwan, N., Vithanage, K., Waidyarathne, A.O.K., Wanninayake, W.M.L.V., Wasalathanthri, S. and Wickramasinghe, N., 2019. Sri Lanka Elderly Study: Phase 1 (SLES:1) – A descriptive study of the health status and physiological parameters of institutionalized elderly in Colombo district: The protocol. Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians, 50(1), pp.34–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jccp.v50i1.7865
Published on 04 Dec 2019.

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