Skip to main content

Functional impairment caused by lymphatic filariasis in rural areas of South India

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

The functional impairment caused by lymphatic filariasis was assessed through qualitative and quantitative methods in rural areas of Tamil Nadu, South India. About 66% of the patients said that their occupational activities were hampered by the disease. They either work fewer hours or alter their activity. Some had completely given up their job. Domestic chores of most of the female patients were also impeded. Most of those affected try to avoid travel. The disability was worse in patients with acute disease. In view of the results of our and other similar studies, the disability-adjusted life years lost due to lymphatic filariasis must be revised and the public health importance of the disease reassessed. Considerable functional impairment coupled with recent information on economic burden and productivity loss caused by lymphatic filariasis necessitates paying more attention to the control of the disease.

Keywords: Lymphatic filariasis; disability; economic; rural areas; social

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3156.1997.d01-406.x

Affiliations: Vector Control Research Centre, Pondicherry, India

Publication date: September 1, 1997

bsc/tmih/1997/00000002/00000009/art00003
dcterms_title,dcterms_description,pub_keyword
6
5
20
40
5

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
ingentaconnect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more