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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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GARCIA, Maria Alice Amorim et al. Health care in groups from the perspective of the elderly. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2006, vol.14, n.2, pp.175-182. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study aimed to describe and analyze the activities in elderly groups at basic health care units. Suffering from chronic-degenerative diseases, the elderly need continuous and more frequent health care. This can be facilitated by group actions, privileging educational activities. We found great diversity in methods, responsible teams and group composition. As to the patients, this activity allows for a better understanding and acceptance of the illness, as well as for the recovery of social roles and the occupation of leisure time. For services, the groups permit increased bonding. However, this requires training and permanent education for professionals, with a view to a significant dialogue. The increasing tendency of these actions in Campinas/SP is accompanying the guidelines of the Family Health PAIDÉIA project. The group is a possible and privileged space to apply the PAIDÉIA method.

Keywords : self-help groups; health education; aging health.

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