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LIMA-COSTA, Maria Fernanda; LOYOLA FILHO, Antônio I. de  e  MATOS, Divane L.. Trends in health conditions and use of health services by the Brazilian elderly: a study based on the National Household Sample Survey (1998, 2003). Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.10, pp.2467-2478. ISSN 0102-311X.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007001000021.

This study examined trends in health conditions and use of health services by the Brazilian elderly, based on health data from the National Household Sample Surveys (PNAD) conducted in 1998 and 2003. 28,943 and 35,042 individuals aged > 60 years were included in the study, respectively. The results showed an improvement in health conditions in the study population during this period, as measured by self-rated health, having remained bedridden in the previous two weeks, ability to perform selected activities of daily living, number of chronic conditions, and self-reported arthritis. There was also an increase in the number of doctor and dentist visits from 1998 to 2003. The trends were consistent for both men and women. The results emphasize the importance of the PNAD health supplement as a source of information for the surveillance or monitoring of health and health-related conditions in the Brazilian elderly population.

Palavras-chave : Aged; Health Services; Health Services Research; Health Status.

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