Assessment of Comprehensive Health Care of the Elderly in Primary Health Care

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Objective: To assess comprehensive care in the elderly population, as well as the quality of care in Primary Health Care. Methods: This is an exploratory descriptive study with a quantitative approach, conducted from July to December 2012, in the city of Santa Cruz, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. A sample of 130 subjects chosen by drawn was calculated, and data collection was performed at their homes. Results: There were interviewed 130 people, 92 (70.8%) women and 38 men (29.2%), with a minimum age of 60 and maximum of 96 years, with a mean of 72.8, median of 72.0 and a standard deviation of 8.3. Regarding the quality of care ratings of the PHC team, 48.5% (n = 63) of respondents stated this to be good, while 32.3% (n = 42) rated this as fair. Conclusions: In this perspective, one of the most appreciated meanings that were given to comprehensive care by health care professionals refers to holistic knowledge of each patient, resulting in the non-fragmentation of care. Thus, it is noticed that comprehensiveness has some weaknesses that need to be corrected, which shows the need for education and training of professionals assigned to primary health care services.

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de Andrade, F. , do Ceu Clara Costa, I. , dos Santos Ferreira, T. , G. A. Silva, I. , Araújo, Í. , de Oliveira Pereira, D. , de Assunção, J. , dos Santos Dutra, J. and de Lima Cabral, A. (2015) Assessment of Comprehensive Health Care of the Elderly in Primary Health Care. Health, 7, 365-370. doi: 10.4236/health.2015.73041.

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