Elder-friendly emergency services in Brazil: necessary conditions for care

  • Mariana Timmers dos Santos Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; Escola de Enfermagem; Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem
  • Maria Alice Dias da Silva Lima Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; Escola de Enfermagem; Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem
  • Paula Buchs Zucatti Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; Escola de Enfermagem; Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem
Keywords: Aged, Health of the Elderly, Emergency Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Emergency Service, Hospital

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To identify and analyze the aspects necessary to provide an elder-friendly emergency service (ES) from the perspective of nurses. METHOD This is a descriptive, quantitative study using the Delphi technique in three rounds. Nurses with professional experience in the ES and/or researchers with publications and/or conducting research in the study area were selected. The first round of the Delphi panel had 72 participants, the second 49, and the third 44. An online questionnaire was used based on a review of the scientific literature with questions organized into the central dimensions of elder-friendly hospitals. A five-point Likert scale was used for each question and a 70% consensus level was established. RESULTS There were 38 aspects identified as necessary for elderly care that were organized into central dimensions. CONCLUSIONS The study's results are consistent with the findings in scientific literature and suggest indicators for quality of care and training for an elder-friendly ES.

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Published
2016-08-01
How to Cite
Santos, M., Lima, M., & Zucatti, P. (2016). Elder-friendly emergency services in Brazil: necessary conditions for care. Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 50(4), 594-601. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420160000500008
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Original Article