Dementia has become the focus of attention of health care professionals’ worldwide. The objective
of the study was to find out the proportion of dementia among older patients as well as to identify
the socio-demographic characteristics of patients with dementia attending National Institute of
Mental Health (NIMH), Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. This was a cross sectional
study conducted in NIMH during the period from 1st November 2014 to 30th April 2015. For this
purpose, 78 elderly patients aged e”60 years attending both in outpatient and inpatient departments
of NIMH, satisfying inclusion and exclusion criteria were selected by convenient sampling
technique. Data were collected by face-to-face interview using semi-structured questionnaire.
Cognitive impairment was assessed by Bengali version of Mini Mental State Examination
(MMSE) and dementia was diagnosed according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental
Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). The results showed that most of the patients (51.3%) were in
between the ages of 60 to 64 years with male predominance (56.4%). The mean (± SD) age of
the patients was 66.84 (±5.49) years. Among the patients 43.6 % came from urban area, 39.7%
from the family with monthly income within 30001-45000 Bangladeshi taka (BDT) and 53.9%
had family members in between 4 to 6. Among them 61.5% patients were married, 43.6% were
retired from service, 32.1% studied up to primary level and 62.8% had caregivers. Most of them
(88.5%) scored between 24-30 in Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) and only 5.1%
respondents had dementia. This study has provided baseline information about the proportion of
dementia among elderly patients in Bangladesh that can be used in future studies.
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Psychiatric morbidity among patients attending cardiac outpatient department has been
revealed as a significant problem in many studies. The objective of this study was to determine
the proportion of psychiatric morbidity among cardiac outdoor patients in National Institute of
Cardio-Vascular Diseases (NICVD), Dhaka. It was a cross-sectional study conducted from
September 2015 to February 2016 among the purposively selected patients of NICVD outdoor.
Convenient sampling technique was used to select 151 patients aged 18 to 65 years who were
attending the cardiac outpatient department in NICVD, Dhaka. A semi-structured questionnaire
including Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ) was used to screen psychiatric symptoms. Results
showed that the mean (+SD) age of the patients was 46.09 (+11.17) years and majority of the
respondents (60.9%) were male. The most common cardiac morbidity was ischemic heart
disease (29.8%). Among all the respondents, 21.9% were suffering from psychiatric disorders.
Maximum of the cases were diagnosed with major depressive disorder (11.3%). Thus, it was
apparent that psychiatric morbidity was commonly present in patients who attended cardiac
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