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Table 1 Disability surveys in Bangladesh

From: Prevalence and correlates of disability in Bogra district of Bangladesh using the rapid assessment of disability survey

Authors Study Sample Ages Disability measures Prevalence
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics [8] Census 2010 National census All ages Direct questioning on speech, vision, hearing, physical, mental and autistic disabilities. 1.4 %
Titumur and Hossain [12] Disability in Bangladesh: Prevalence, Knowledge, attitude and Practices, 2004. 13,025 individuals sampled throughout the country. All ages Direct questioning on hearing, speech, vision, physical, and intellectual impairments. 5.6 %
Mitra and Sambamoorti [13] World Health Survey 2002–2004 5,931 households and 5,549 individuals sampled throughout the country. 18 years and above 4 questions: seeing, moving around, concentrating or remembering, and self-care. 22.0 %
World report on Disability [4] World Health Survey 2002–2004 5,931 households and 5,549 individuals sampled throughout the country. 18 years and above 16 questions on vision, cognition, affect, interpersonal relationships, mobility, pain, sleep and energy and self-care. 31.9 %
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics [14] Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2010 12,240 households sampled throughout the country. All ages WG short set (seeing, hearing, walking and climbing, remembering or concentrating, self-care, and communication) 9.1 %
Cherry et al. [20] Gonoshasthaya Kendra survey 2010 43417 individuals from 600 villages. 60 years and above 12 questions based on WG questions: seeing, hearing, mobility, cognition, self-care, and communication domains. 26.0 %
Marella et al. (current study) Rapid Assessment of Disability Survey 2010 2315 individuals in Bogra district. 18 years and above 15 questions based on WG questions: vision, hearing, mobility, communication, gross and fine motor, cognition, appearance and psychological distress. 8.9 %
  1. The differences in disability prevalence are due to the different age ranges, methodologies and the areas where the surveys were implemented