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Quality of life of elders in the primary health care in Uberaba, MG / Qualidade de vida de idosos da atenção primária à saúde em Uberaba, MG

Nardelli, Giovanna Gaudenci; Gaudenci, Eliana Maria; Silveira, Rodrigo Eurípedes da; Santos, Álvaro da Silva; Ribeiro, Camila Cristina Neves Romanato; Haack, Karla Rafaela.
Biosci. j. (Online); 36(1): 276-286, jan./feb. 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS-Express | ID: biblio-1049249
This study aimed to evaluate social and economic predictors, as well social behavior and its influence on the quality of life of elders who use the primary health care network of Uberaba, Minas Gerais. Methods: Descriptive, exploratory, cross-sectional and quantitative study, conducted with 248 60 year old or older subjects, from November 2016 to May 2017. A structured questionnaire was applied to evaluate sociodemographic data, health conditions and life habits as well the WHOQOL-Bref and the WHOQOL-Old. The analysis were conducted through relative frequencies and t-test as well multiple linear regression were used to associate variables. The study was approved by the Committee of Ethics in Researches with Human Beings of the Federal University of the Triângulo Mineiro (CEP/UFTM). Results: Most elders were women, catholic, with 4 years or more of formal education, had partners, a sexually inactive life, and were retired. The linear regression analysis, found a positive and light or moderate association between sexual life and the physical, social, and environmental domains, and the past, present and future activities facet. The educational level variable had a positive and light association with the psychological domain, whereas the variable occupation had a negative and light association with the death and dying facet. Conclusions: The results found show an important social impact regarding the studied population, making it clear that public policies should be created and executed as to offer subsidies for actions which are specifically targeted at the QoL of elders.