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Amadi et al

Greener Journal of Medical Sciences

Vol. 11(1), pp. 94-99 2021

ISSN: 2276-7797

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Skin Health Seeking Behaviour amongst Admitted Seniors



1Amadi, ES*, 2Otike-Odibi, B, 3Pepple, EF, 4Bell-Gam, HI



1-Dermatology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Rivers State, Nigeria

2- Dermatology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State, Nigeria

3-Department of Community Medicine, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Rivers State, Nigeria

4-Geriatrics Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Rivers State, Nigeria






Article No.: 070721061

Type: Research



Background: Older adults who are considered to be aged 60 years and above according to the United Nations for developing nations are increasing in number. This brings concerns with regards to developing healthcare services that covers all round care including skin care. It is a misconception that older adults are not bothered about their skin but studies have shown that skin disorders clearly affect the quality of life of seniors. There may be varied factors why an older adult might not seek skin care services. This study aims to find out if older adults on the wards for various ailments have actually sought for care with regards to their skin problems.


Method: A purposive cross-sectional sampling of 126 elderly patients aged 60 years and above that were admitted to the different wards of the hospital within a 3-month period were interviewed  using a pro forma and  were examined for skin lesions.  Those with a previous skin complain were included in the study. Data collection sheet was used to collate demographic information, dermatological conditions, care sought, point of care and diagnosis, treatment received and outcome of treatment.


Result: There was no significant relationship found between the complaint of having a dermatological lesion with occupation, educational status, marital status or area of residence. Only 9.5% (12) had a previous skin complaint that required them to seek for care. Females are more likely to seek for treatment with regards to dermatologic disorders.


Conclusion: Skin health seeking behaviour amongst the admitted elderly is poor despite a greater number with dermatoses.


Accepted:  08/07/2021

Published: 12/07/2021


*Corresponding Author

Amadi, ES

E-mail: ekechiamadi@



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Cite this Article: Amadi, ES; Otike-Odibi, B; Pepple, EF; Bell-Gam, HI (2021). Skin Health Seeking Behaviour amongst Admitted Seniors. Greener Journal of Medical Sciences, 11(1): 94-99.



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