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Evaluation of musculoskeletal disability in patients admitted to the health board of a hospital in Van, Eastern Turkey [Eastern J Med]
Eastern J Med. 2019; 24(2): 231-234 | DOI: 10.5505/ejm.2019.87094  

Evaluation of musculoskeletal disability in patients admitted to the health board of a hospital in Van, Eastern Turkey

Murat Toprak1, Metin Erden2
1Department Of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation, Medical Faculty of Van Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van, Turkey
2Department Of Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation, Van Training And Research Hospital, Van, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: This study aims to evaluate musculoskeletal disability in patients admitted to the health board of a hospital in Van, Eastern Turkey, in terms of age, sex, disability degree, and reasons for applying to the health board.
METHODS: For this purpose, we retrospectively reviewed the records of 4717 patients admitted to the health board of our hospital between January 01, 2014 and June 31, 2014.
RESULTS: A total of 2703 patients (57.3%) were male, 2014 (42.7%) were female, and the mean age was 40.75 ± 6.06 years. The most common reasons for admission to health board were to benefit from the law 2022 (n=2074; 43.9%) and to take advantage of the self care salaries (n=1903;40.3%). Osteoarthritis (n=584; 19.7%), cerebral palsy (n=387; 13.1%), hemiplegia (n=291; 9.8%) and developmental dysplasia of the hip (n=241; 8.2%) were the most common disorders. Severe disability were found in 726 (15.4%) cases. The permanent disability rate was 64.4% (n=3045).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Musculoskeletal disability is a major problem in our country. We need to take measures of disability, necessary laws, training, and rehabilitation. This study may contribute to the health policy planning.

Keywords: Disability, Musculoskeleteal system, Health board, Rehabilitation


Murat Toprak, Metin Erden. Evaluation of musculoskeletal disability in patients admitted to the health board of a hospital in Van, Eastern Turkey. Eastern J Med. 2019; 24(2): 231-234

Corresponding Author: Murat Toprak, Türkiye


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