Percepción de la calidad de vida y utilización de los recursos sociosanitarios por personas mayores no institucionalizadas TT - Perception of quality of life and the use of social welfare resources for the elderly in non-institutionalized elders

  • Ricoy Lorenzo M
  • Pino Juste M
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Objective: To determine quality of life and resource use by a group of elderly people as a starting point for the subsequent design and implementation of a health education program in the autonomous region of Galicia (Spain). Material and methods: this study was carried out in 407 noninstitutionalized elderly persons attending 17 walk-in primary care health centers in the south of Galicia. A descriptive-interpretative approach was used and the results were obtained from the SF-12 quality of life scale and an ad hoc questionnaire. Results: factors related to a more favorable perception of quality of life were younger age, being married, having a comfortable socioeconomic position and educational level, male sex, and not having serious diseases. The group studied used some of the nearby social and health resources available in the community, such as the health center, pharmacy office, and the church, more frequently than others. Conclusions: the results obtained are useful to approach the design and development of a health education program for the elderly, based on the following evidence: most participants had a positive view of their quality of life that decreased with age; the intensity and continuity of health resource use differed in this group and access to these resources diminished in rural areas. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved) (Source: journal abstract)

Author-supplied keywords

  • 3373:Community & Social Services
  • Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
  • Aged
  • Aged (65 yrs & older)
  • Community Welfare Services
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Empirical Study
  • Female
  • Geriatric Patients
  • Health Education
  • Human
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Primary Health Care
  • Quality of Life
  • Quantitative Study
  • Social Welfare
  • Spain
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • article
  • elderly
  • health education
  • non-institutionalized elders
  • primary care
  • quality of life
  • service utilization
  • social welfare resources

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  • M Carmen Ricoy Lorenzo

  • Margarita R Pino Juste

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