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Rev Gaucha Enferm. 2005 Aug;26(2):180-8.

[Comprehension of therapeutic medication by the elderly].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Aluna do Curso de Mestrado em Enfermagem do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem da Universidade Federal do Paraná.


It is about a quantitative, descriptive and exploratory study with the objective of investigating the difficulties faced by the elderly regarding therapeutic medicaments. The sampling unit: elderly of both sexes, integrated into the area of the Health Unit totaling 45 subjects. The results have demonstrated that the most utilized medicaments were the antihypertensive ones. The reasons that interfere with adhesion to the treatment: the use of several medications concomitantly by 15 elderly; 5 out of them have not understood the medical prescription. The drawn conclusion is that the elderly consume several medications and present understanding difficulties, resulting in nonagreement with the imposed treatment and possible damages to their health.

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