Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
versão impressa ISSN 0104-1169
FREITAS, Maria Célia de e MENDES, Maria Manuela Rino. Chronic health conditions in adults: concept analysis. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2007, vol.15, n.4, pp. 590-597. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692007000400011.
This study aimed to define the concept of chronic health condition in adults as presented in literature. An evolutionary perspective of concept analysis was used, as presented by Rodgers, emphasizing the essential attributes, antecedents, consequences and related concepts. The adult's chronic health condition was presented by the characteristics of permanence, irreversibility, residual handicap, incurable and degenerative as essential attributes. The antecedents were: genetic heritage, old age, birth condition, smoking and foods with saturated fat; and, for the consequences: physical, social and psychological changes, handicaps and inabilities, life style changes, needs to adapt and cope. Related concepts were: not transmissible diseases, functional deficiency, limitations, illness or impairment for more than three months. Chronic health condition is a complex construction of concepts defined as a modifying force of the life process over time.
Palavras-chave : chronic illness; health; adult; concept formation.