Elderly’s Health Record in the Perception of Health Professionals
Introduction: The population growth of older people is a reality that requires a different look at all care levels. The Elderly’s Health Record (EHR) was created to identify the vulnerabilities and peculiarities of this population and promote specific actions. Objective: To investigate the perspective of primary care professionals about the record. Method: an exploratory and qualitative study, carried out in Family Health Units at Sanitary District V in the city of João Pessoa, Paraíba/Brazil, in which participated 53 health professionals. A semi-structured interview with questions related to the use of the EHR by professionals and socio-demographic information was used. Data were analyzed using Thematic Content Analysis – Categorical Technique, which returned six categories: a) care tool; b) Instrument for autonomy for the elderly; c) Use of information on the health of the elderly; d) Object of work; e) health monitoring Guide elderly and f) Health Support. Results: Of the respondents, 86.8% use the EHR; 3.8% do not know and 9.4% have access, but do not use it. Professionals associate it in positive and negative concepts and opine in favor of its use by contemplating valuable information to be considered in health care for the elderly. Conclusion: Grasping the perspective of professionals related to the HER will contribute to support discussions and increase the number of accession to it as a health promotion tool in aging.
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