COMMON PHYSICAL PROBLEMS AMONG THE ELDERLY IN THE LIVINGSTONE DISTRICT IN ZAMBIA: OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

  • Passmore Malambo Livingstone General Hospital
  • Margaret Marais University of the Western Cape

Abstract

Introduction: The study identified prevalent physical problems with regard to physiotherapy needs in elderly
people in the Livingstone District in Zambia.
Objectives: To identify the physiotherapy needs of common physical problems in the elderly.
Methods: A cross-sectional study design, utilising a quantitative research method and a convenience sampling
technique.
Participants: A total of 200 elderly people from the age of 60 years
Setting: Livingstone District in Zambia
Intervention: A structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data.
Results: The most common self-reported physical problems identified were musculoskeletal problems, physical
inactivity, decreased ability to walk and the need for walking aids. Hypertension was a common cardiovascular
disorder.
Conclusion: Physiotherapists are ideally suited to alleviate the discomfort, activity limitation and participation
restriction associated with ageing.

Author Biographies

Passmore Malambo, Livingstone General Hospital

Department of Physiotherapy, Livingstone General Hospital, Zambia

Margaret Marais, University of the Western Cape

Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Western Cape

Published
2020-07-06