Nursing care for the prevention of falls in the elderly: an integrative review

  • Guilherme Guarino de Moura Sá Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil
  • Lourival Gomes da Silva Júnior Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil
  • Maria Augusta Rocha Bezerra Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil
  • Khelyane Mesquita de Carvalho Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil
  • Ana Maria Ribeiro dos Santos Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil
  • Benevina Maria Vilar Teixeira Nunes Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil
  • Maria do Livramento Fortes Figueiredo Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil
  • Silvana Santiago da Rocha Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the evidence available in the literature on nursing care for the prevention of falls among the elderly.


Method: Integrative review from studies published in the period 2005-2015 found in the databases LILACS, PubMed and CINAHL. The combination of the descriptors elderly, accidents from falls and nursing care in English, Portuguese and Spanish languages was used in the search.


Results: Ten studies were selected. The thematic analysis resulted in three categories: health education as a strategy for preventing falls in the elderly, identification of risk factors for the occurrence of falls in the elderly as a strategy for prevention and use of care technologies for the prevention of falls in the elderly.


Conclusion: A greater participation of nursing in the production of research directed to this theme is suggested, from the development of intervention studies that may reveal care to be applied in the different scenarios of caring for the health of the elderly.


 


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2392

Author Biographies

Guilherme Guarino de Moura Sá, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

Master student, Graduate Nursing Program

Lourival Gomes da Silva Júnior, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

Master student, Graduate Nursing Program

Maria Augusta Rocha Bezerra, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

PhD student, Graduate Program in Nursing

Khelyane Mesquita de Carvalho, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

PhD student, Graduate Program in Nursing

Ana Maria Ribeiro dos Santos, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

PhD Professor, Graduate Nursing Program

Benevina Maria Vilar Teixeira Nunes, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

PhD Professor, Graduate Nursing Program

Maria do Livramento Fortes Figueiredo, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

PhD Professor, Graduate Nursing Program

Silvana Santiago da Rocha, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, PI, Brazil

PhD Professor, Graduate Nursing Program

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Published
2017-04-08
How to Cite
SÁ, Guilherme Guarino de Moura et al. Nursing care for the prevention of falls in the elderly: an integrative review. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, apr. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2488>. Date accessed: 20 oct. 2017.
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Geriatrics