Document Detail

Profile of the elderly in physical therapy and its relation to functional disability.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23175439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: As the population ages, changes occur in the epidemiological profile towards the current predominance of chronic degenerative diseases which, when untreated, lead to loss of functional capacity and require long-term assistance.
OBJECTIVES: To describe the profile of the elderly attending the geriatric physical therapy service and to identify factors associated with functional disability.
METHOD: A cross-sectional descriptive analytical study was conducted. The medical records of elderly individuals were analyzed using the first physical therapy assessment, which included sociodemographic, clinical and mobility data. To determine the degree of disability (mild/moderate), the Brazilian Multidimensional Functional Assessment Questionnaire (BOMFAQ) was used. Descriptive analysis and univariate logistic regression were performed, followed by multivariate logistic regression.
RESULTS: The sample comprised 130 elderly patients with a mean age of 73.3 [standar deviation (SD)=7.2] years-old, predominantly female (63.9%), sedentary (71.5%) and presenting three to four diseases (47.7%). The mean of activities with difficulty in the BOMFAQ was 6.7 (SD=4.8), 35 (26.9%) individuals presented mild disability and 95 (73.1%) moderate. The participant characteristic that presented a greatest risk of disability was self-reporting of poor health (OR=12.4). The factors identified, which together can determine functional decline, were sedentary lifestyle, presence of dizziness, polypharmacy and high pain intensity.
CONCLUSIONS: Elderly individuals attended by the geriatric physical therapy service showed a profile associated with disability, characterized by potentially modifiable factors. This profile also reinforces the demand for long-term care for this population.
Ana L S Rossi; Vanessa S Pereira; Patrícia Driusso; José R Rebelatto; Natalia A Ricci
Related Documents :
24053719 - Inter-observer agreement according to malaria parasite density.
23357109 - Correlation dimension estimates of human postural sway.
23019509 - Sexual dimorphism in human mandibular canines: a radiomorphometric study in south india...
24938359 - Prevalence and risk factors of overweight and obesity among individuals over 40 years o...
19580239 - Ageing: the response yesterday, today and tomorrow.
24351139 - Body composition of indonesian adults assessed by skinfold thickness and bioelectrical ...
15650299 - Serial audiometry and speech recognition findings in finnish usher syndrome type iii pa...
12096739 - Performance of an age series of alnus-cardamom plantations in the sikkim himalaya: nutr...
11582569 - Frequency of xy sperm increases with age in fathers of boys with klinefelter syndrome.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-11-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brazilian journal of physical therapy     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1809-9246     ISO Abbreviation:  Braz J Phys Ther     Publication Date:    2013 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-29     Completed Date:  2014-03-10     Revised Date:  2014-05-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101615124     Medline TA:  Braz J Phys Ther     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  77-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cross-Sectional Studies
Disability Evaluation*
Geriatric Assessment* / methods
Middle Aged
Physical Therapy Modalities*

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Handgrip strength in elderly with dementia: study of reliability.
Next Document:  COPI transport complexes bind to specific RNAs in neuronal cells.