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Table 3 Distribution of sick older persons by health need and disability factors and access to healthcare in Uganda

From: Determinants of access to healthcare by older persons in Uganda: a cross-sectional study

Health need variables Percent (%) Frequency % Accessed healthcare p-value
Number of days ill     0.000
1-7 days 37.8 558 82.0  
8-14 days 18.7 276 83.2  
15+ days 43.6 644 67.0  
Days missed work due to sickness     0.000
None 24.8 366 69.1  
1-7 days 44.5 657 81.0  
8-14 days 11.8 175 80.2  
15+ days 18.9 280 68.9  
Ever smoked/smokes     0.270
No 76.7 1134 76.4  
Yes 23.3 344 73.4  
Reported an NCD (HBP, diabetes, heart disease)     0.045
No 72.1 1065 74.2  
Yes 27.9 413 79.6  
Has difficulty seeing even if wearing glasses     0.025
None 53.2 786 78.4  
Some 35.4 523 73.6  
A lot/can’t 11.4 168 69.5  
Has difficulty hearing even if wearing hearing aid     0.135
None 79.9 1181 76.8  
Some 17.1 253 72.2  
A lot/can’t 3.0 44 66.9  
Difficulty walking or climbing steps     0.000
None 63.6 940 80.4  
Some 23.8 351 70.2  
A lot/can’t 12.6 187 62.5  
Difficulty remembering or concentrating     0.000
None 80.9 1196 77.4  
Some 14.7 218 72.2  
A lot/can’t 4.3 64 54.7  
Difficulty with self-care - bathing, dressing, feeding     0.001
None 90.7 1340 77.0  
Some 6.8 100 65.3  
A lot/can’t 2.5 37 55.0  
Difficulty communicating - understanding others     0.013
None 94.3 1394 76.3  
Some 4.3 64 70.1  
A lot /can’t 1.4 20 48.8  
Aggregate disability status     0.000
Not disabled 58.4 863 80.0  
Disabled 41.6 615 69.6  
Total 100.0 1478 75.7