Nationally representative evidence on the burden and determinants of disability among older people in sub-Saharan Africa in general, and Uganda in particular, is limited. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and investigate the correlates of disability among older people in Uganda.
The researchers conducted secondary analysis of data from a sample of 2,382 older persons from the Uganda National Household Survey. Disability was operationalized as either: 1) having a lot of difficulty on any one question; 2) being unable to perform on any one question; or, 3) having some difficulty with two of the six domains. They used frequency distributions for description, chi-square tests for initial associations, and multivariable logistic regressions to assess the associations.