Proxemic Assessment of Relations between Nurse and Elderly in Nursing Consultations

  • Fabiana Ferraz Queiroga Freitas
  • Jogilmira Macedo Silva Mendes
  • Thayris Mariano de Medeiros Federal University of Paraiba
  • Tatiana Ferreira da Costa
  • Maria das Graças Melo Fernandes
  • Kátia Neyla de Freitas Macedo Costa


Introduction: non-verbal communication is essential in health, because it is a dynamic process that allows accessibility between people, making it easier to obtain valuable information for therapeutic management.

Objective: to assess proxemic communication between nurse and elderly in nursing consultation.

Methods: descriptive exploratory study with a quantitative approach, performed in basic health units in the city of João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. The subjects were 32 nurses and 32 elderly. Data were collected by shooting, evaluated with basis on an instrument built on Proxemics Theory of Hall and analyzed through descriptive and exploratory statistics.

Results: evaluations were classified in general as Regular being the worst the evaluation of visual code factor (2.81) and improved voice volume (3.44).

Conclusion: these results show that significant barriers have not been overcome, to strengthen the communicative links between nurses and elderly.
May 17, 2016
How to Cite
QUEIROGA FREITAS, Fabiana Ferraz et al. Proxemic Assessment of Relations between Nurse and Elderly in Nursing Consultations. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, may 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2021. doi:


Nursing; elderly; health communication; Nonverbal comunication; Primary Health Care

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