Impact of the actions of an interdisciplinary team in the elderly quality of life

Authors

  • Raimunda de Fátima Neves Coêlho Academic Unit of Education, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Eliane de Sousa Leite Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Francisca Bezerra de Oliveira Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Maria do Carmo Andrade Duarte de Farias Academic Unit of Life Sciences, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.
  • Rogéria Mônica Seixas Xavier de Abreu Coordinator of the Shelter Lucas Zorhn.
  • Jamili Anbar Torquato Master's Program in Health Sciences. University Cruzeiro of Sul.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3823/1774

Keywords:

Elderly, Quality of Life, Health promotion, Interdisciplinary team.

Abstract

Introduction: Quality of Life (QoL) of the elderly is a complex process, not only by the subjectivity of the term, but also due to the heterogeneity of the elderly. So, analyzing QoL of the elderly is an important way to know better who provides care, allowing the proposal of interventions beyond the treatment of diseases.

Objective: Evaluating the impact of the actions of an interdisciplinary team about the quality of life of seniors.

Method: A longitudinal, analytical, quantitative study conducted with 92 elderly, in which there were applied the SF-36 and the Whoquol-Bref, in July 2012 and April 2013. For data analysis there was used SPSS version 18.0.

Results: The average age was of 68.8 years old. There was a predominance of women with low income and education. After eight months of follow-up, the elderly showed improvement in SF-36 parameters: Functional Capacity; Physical Aspects; Pain; General Health; Vitality and Mental Health; and WHOQOL-Bref (Physical, Psychological and Environment Domain, and Quality of Life). The linear regression analysis showed independent predictor variables for improving the quality of life of seniors.

Conclusion: There was the importance of interdisciplinary actions to improve the quality of life of elderly people, suggesting that interdisciplinarity can be a relevant strategy in the work of health professionals.

 

Author Biographies

Raimunda de Fátima Neves Coêlho, Academic Unit of Education, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.

Academic Unit of Education, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.

Eliane de Sousa Leite, Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.

Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.

Francisca Bezerra de Oliveira, Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.

Academic Unit of Nursing, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.

Maria do Carmo Andrade Duarte de Farias, Academic Unit of Life Sciences, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.

Academic Unit of Life Sciences, Teacher training center, Federal University of Campina Grande. Cajazeiras, Paraíba, Brazil.

Rogéria Mônica Seixas Xavier de Abreu, Coordinator of the Shelter Lucas Zorhn.

Coordinator of the Shelter Lucas Zorhn.

Jamili Anbar Torquato, Master's Program in Health Sciences. University Cruzeiro of Sul.

Master's Program in Health Sciences. University Cruzeiro of Sul.

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2015-07-24

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