ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Demographic Characteristics of Patients Examined in the Training and Research Center for Mentally and Physically Handicapped Children
Emine Ahmetoğlu 1, Harun Canarslan 1, Ülfet Vatansever 2, Kemal Kutlu 3
1Trakya Üniversitesi, Zihin ve Hareket Engelli Çocuklar için Eğitim Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi, Edirne
2Trakya Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Edirne
3Trakya Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, Edirne
Pages : 88-92


Objectives: We evaluated the demographic data of patients who applied to the Training and Research Center for Mentally and Physically Handicapped Children in Trakya University.

Study Design: The demographic data of 1167 patients who were examined and monitored in the center between January 1995 and December 2003 were evaluated.

Results: The majority of applications were made between 1997 and 1998. Of 1167 patients, there were 476 females (40.8%) and 691 males (59.2%) with a mean age of 4.22±4.00 years. Distribution of diagnoses were as follows: mentally handicapped in 47.1% (n=550), cerebral palsy in 37.5% (n=438), autism in 2.7% (n=32), Down syndrome in 4.2% (n=49), developmental retardation in 8.4% (n=98). Of all the applications, 335 (28.7%) were made from the center of Edirne district. Only 14% of all the cases were found to follow the education program in the center.

Conclusion: This study demonstrated the regional distribution of cases and a considerably low attendance rate. Elicitation of more detailed demographic data on handicapped children and their families may contribute nationwide studies on handicapped population.

Keywords : Disabled; child; mental retardation; rehabilitation
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