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[Influence of chronic pain in the functional capacity of institutionalized elderly].

Revista brasileira de enfermagem

Activities of Daily Living, physiopathology, Pain, Middle Aged, Male, Institutionalization, Humans, Geriatric Assessment, Female, Cross-Sectional Studies, Chronic Disease, Aged, 80 and over, Aged

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      The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of pain, in terms of its duration, location and intensity, on the functional capacity of institutionalized elderly. That was a cross-sectional study carried out with a sample of 60 elderly patients. The instrument was composed by sociodemographic and health variables, the numerical pain scale and the Barthel scale. The Chi-square test showed a significant statistical difference between the presence of pain and the following activities: bathing (p=0.015) dressing (p=0.041), toilet use (p=0.001), bed-chair transfer (p=0.032), ambulation (p=0.010) and stairs climbing (p=0.008) and between total Barthel score and the presence of pain, p<0,000. The results of this study show that pain has a negative effect on the functional capacity of the elderly.

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