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REVIEW OF THE EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES OF FEMALE DISEASES IN OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENT AT SHIFA-UL-MULK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL,
HAMDARD UNIVERSITY


Khan Usmanghani 81, Hakim Abdul Hannan 81, Afzal Ahmed 81, Halima Nazar E:::1 Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Eastern Medicine, Shifa-UL-Mulk Memorial Hospital Hamdard University, Pakistan, Karachi

ABSTRACT: Background: This paper reports on the results of a statistical survey of the female out patients visiting in Shifaul- Mulk Memorial hospital. This statistical data based on a three years survey from January 2001 to October 10,2003. We
found a wide range of clinical ailments, the percentages of many of them are significantly raised among different age groups.
We investigated 28 villages situated around Bait-ul-Hikmah that availing medical facilities from Shifa-UL-Mulk Memorial hospital. We categorized the patients in twelve commonly reporting diseases pattern and noticed that the percentage of
gastrointestinal and Respiratory diseases are significantly elevated. Some of these studies are not always as large or methodologically rigorous as clinical studies reported in major medical hospitals. Indeed, a critical assessment of the research according to the standards of evidence-based clinical trial protocol has done in our study that eliminated many of these studies for lack of rigor according to criteria of randomization, sample size, adequacy of controls, etc. Accordingly, a patient statistical survey of disease pattern, age pattern and marital status is presented. Aims and Objective: In Shifa-UL-Mulk Memorial hospital the available measure of disease frequency related to female disorders is from hospital-based clinical studies. They reflect the pattern of clinical attendance and the prevalence of diseases. The aim of the current study was to determine the prevalence of female disorders and health care provision for the year 2001- 2003 in selected area of 28 villages around Madinat-ul-Hikmah.

Methods: A survey based on health interviews and clinical examination was conducted over a period of 3 years among females who had taken treatment from Shifa-UL-Mulk Memorial hospital. Study has also been conducted according to age, disease pattern and marital status.

Results: 15516 females patients treated in a time period of three years. Out of them 6805 patients report in 200 I, 5597 patients give an account in year 2002, while there were only 3114 in year 2003. The prevalence of gastrointestinal (24.77%) and Respiratory diseases (18.19%) was found to be the commonest problems. The highest numbers of patients are married and of 65 years age group.

Conclusion: Large databases like this one give information about the patient received their healthcare settings, about age groups, and about the consequences of disease. The overall prevalence of gastrointestinal and Respiratory diseases was high under> 65 age group hence special attention is needed for dealing patients of this age group.

KEY WORDS: Female outpatients -Disease pattern-Age group.