Falls Frequency In Elderly Assisted In The Family Health Strategy

  • Irapuan Medeiros de Lucena
  • Matheus Figueiredo Nogueira Doctoral Student, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal (RN), Brazil
  • Sérgio Augusto Paredes Moreira Master’s Student, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil
  • Luipa Michele Silva Doctor, researcher for the Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil.
  • Maria do Socorro Costa Feitosa Alves PhD, Chief Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal (RN), Brazil
  • Antonia Oliveira Silva PhD, Chief Professor, Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa (PB), Brazil
  • Ana Paula Abreu Borges Master. Scholarship Holder of the National School of Public Health, Distrito Federal (DF), Brazil
  • José Luiz Telles de Almeida PhD, director of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Regional Office for Africa based in Maputo-Mozambique, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Distrito Federal (DF)
  • Clélia Albino Simpson PhD, Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal (RN), Brazil
  • Felismina Rosa Parreira Mendes

Abstract

Introduction: The growth of the elderly population is a global phenomenon and, in Brazil, this transformation is happening in a very fast way. Objective: knowing the frequency of falls in the context of an aging population attended in a Health Family Unit. Method: This is a transversal research with a sample consisted of 121 elderly. A questionnaire was applied to the participants and the results were statistically analyzed with the Chi-Square test and Fisher's exact used to verify the association between variables. Results: The results show that the majorities were female (76.9%); concerning marital status, 35.3% are married; 92.1% with family income between one and two minimum wages; and 91.8% live with their spouse and/or children. The study showed a significant statistically association between female gender (p=0.001), leading to the conclusion that there is a tendency that older woman suffers more falls than men. We found an occurrence of falls in 69.9% of women while this rate reaches 32.1% in male elderly. Conclusion: Therefore, it is expected that these results can help to give a new look to the understanding of the falls with the Health Family Units. 

Published
Jul 5, 2016
How to Cite
MEDEIROS DE LUCENA, Irapuan et al. Falls Frequency In Elderly Assisted In The Family Health Strategy. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, july 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/1610>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2019. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/1984.
Section
Primary Care

Keywords

Elderly; Health; Falls; Family Health Strategy.

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