Frailty Assessment and its Association with Sociodemographic and Health Characteristics in Community Elderly

  • Graciela Maria Carneiro Maciel Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Heloiza Talita Adriano da Silva
  • Rafaella Guilherme Gonçalves
  • Josefa Danielma Lopes Ferreira
  • Sarah Vinagre Tietre
  • Rejane Maria Paiva de Menezes

Abstract

Background: Frailty assessment in the elderly and its relationship to sociodemographic and health characteristics.


Method: Quantitative study, descriptive and cross-sectional study, conducted between April to July 2014, at two Family Health Units in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. The sample consisted of 203 elderly. The data collection procedure occurred through a structured interview, which used two instruments.


Results: The average age of the participants was 68.59 years; among them, 83 (40.89%) did not show weakness, 45 (22.17%) were apparently vulnerable and 75 (36.94%) were frail. The weakness associated with low education, widowhood, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, urinary tract infection, depression, six classes of drugs (antidiabetic, antidepressant, anxiolytic, and antacid against osteoporosis) and fall episode.


Conclusions: We conclude that assessment of frailty is important to detect the risk and/or embrittlement process already installed in the elderly.

Published
Apr 13, 2017
How to Cite
MACIEL, Graciela Maria Carneiro et al. Frailty Assessment and its Association with Sociodemographic and Health Characteristics in Community Elderly. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, apr. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2273>. Date accessed: 24 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2404.
Section
Geriatrics

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