Rajeswari Sambasivam

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BACKGROUND This study aimed to explore the experiences and challenges of informal caregivers in Singapore with the intent of identifying the multi-dimensional unmet needs from their perspective and generating caregivers' needs checklist based on the findings. METHODS Informal caregivers were relatives of people with dementia and were responsible for(More)
BACKGROUND There is currently limited evidence on the economic burden that dementia exerts on multi-ethnic Asian populations. OBJECTIVE The present study aimed to estimate the economic cost of dementia in Singapore. METHODS We used data from the Well-being of the Singapore Elderly study, a nationally representative survey of the older Singapore Resident(More)
BACKGROUND The Positive Mental Health (PMH) instrument was developed and validated to assess the level of PMH and its six dimensions in a multi-ethnic general population sample. This cross-sectional study examines the psychometric properties of the instrument for assessing the level of PMH among help-seeking patients with mental disorders. METHODS The PMH(More)
INTRODUCTION Depression is a significant public health issue across all sociodemographic groups and is identified as a common and serious mental health problem particularly among the older adult population. The aims of the current study were to determine the prevalence of depression and subsyndromal depression among older adults in Singapore. MATERIALS AND(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the current study was to examine the associations between Body Mass Index (BMI) and socio-demographic factors and to examine the relationship between BMI, smoking status and ethnicity. METHODS The Singapore Mental Health Study (SMHS) surveyed Singapore Residents (Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) aged 18 years old and(More)
BACKGROUND The challenge of an aging population with its expected attendant problem of an increase in the number of people with dementia is a growing concern across the world. OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were to establish the prevalence and risk factors of dementia in Singapore among the elderly resident population (aged 60 years and above). (More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to identify socio-demographic correlates of slow gait speed among Singapore older adult residents and to examine the relationship between slow gait speed and the older adult residents' social network, physical health status, disability and mental health status. METHODS Trained interviewers administered the adapted 10/66(More)
Although child maltreatment exposure is a recognized risk factor for self-harm, mechanisms underlying this relationship remain unclear. Self-harm may function as a compensatory strategy to regulate distressing emotions. This cross-sectional study examines if emotion dysregulation mediates between the severity of maltreatment exposure and self-harm,(More)
BACKGROUND To establish the validity and reliability of the Short Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (SWEMWBS) in service users with schizophrenia, depression and anxiety spectrum disorders in Singapore and estimate SWEMWBS scores across socio-demographic and the three psychiatric diagnostic groups in the sample. METHODS This secondary analysis was(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the current study was to establish the prevalence and relationship of Body Mass Index (BMI) and Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) with chronic health conditions and their associated socio-demographic correlates in the elderly population of Singapore. METHODS The data was extracted from the Well-being of the Singapore Elderly (WiSE) study, a(More)