Nursing Diagnosis of Impaired Physical Mobility in Elderly People at Primary Health Care

  • Paula Cristina Araújo Morais
  • Tibelle Freitas Mauricio
  • Rafaella Pessoa Moreira
  • Nirla Gomes Guedes
  • Emília Soares Chaves Rouberte
  • Jerry Deyvid Freires Ferreira
  • Paula Alves de Lima

Abstract

Objective: to identify the frequency of the nursing diagnosis of Impaired Physical Mobility Impairment and its components in elderly population registered in a Primary Health Care Unit.


Method: cross-sectional study conducted from November 2014 to February 2015, performed with 50 seniors at their homes. A questionnaire on patients's identification, their health conditions and their mobility was used.


Results: the nursing diagnosis in question was identified in 71.4% of the population. The most present related factors were: lack of knowledge about the advantages of physical activity (66.7%), discomfort (76.9%), pain (82.1%), joint stiffness (76+9%) and sedentary lifestyle (82.1%). The defining characteristics were: limited capacity to perform gross motor skills (89.7%) and fine motor skills (56.4%), and engagement in substitution of movements (74.4%).


Conclusion: participants showed difficulties related to physical mobility, evidencing a need for better care from health professionals.


Keywords: Nursing Diagnosis; Elderly; Nursing.


 

Published
Feb 21, 2017
How to Cite
ARAÚJO MORAIS, Paula Cristina et al. Nursing Diagnosis of Impaired Physical Mobility in Elderly People at Primary Health Care. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, feb. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2350>. Date accessed: 26 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2305.
Section
Geriatrics