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Chronic disease
SP1-24 Profile epidemic of the elderly assisted in the public hospital in Maceió X frequency of falls
  1. C Fonsêca1,
  2. A Pedrosa2,
  3. D Melo3,
  4. M Fernandes4,
  5. G Teixeira5
  1. 1Fundação Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, FFMUSP, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  2. 2Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, FAMED/UFAL, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
  3. 3Hospital Universitário Professor Alberto Antunes—HUPAA/UFAL, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
  4. 4Centro de Ciências Biológicas e Saúde, Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
  5. 5Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas—UNCISAL, Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil


Introduction It is believed that the falls are one of the great problems of the geriatrics. They present serious consequences in the elderly's bio-psico-social ambit, being mortality cause in that age group.

Methods The present work has as objective to trace the elderly epidemic profile assisted in the national health clinic of geriatrics of the Hospital Universitário Professor Alberto Antunes—HUPAA correlating with the frequency of falls. A cataloguing of the data contained in the record of per-existent evaluation, tends as variables: sex, age group, independence for activities of the daily life, occurrence of falls and the place, amount of medication that it uses and instruction level.

Results and Conclusion Before the analysed variables it can be observed that most of the elderly was independent and they had tendency to falls, most of them happened in the elderly own Lar and that great part made use of at least four medications.

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