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COSTA, Alice Gabrielle de Sousa et al. Identification of the risk of falls in elderly after stroke. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.4, pp.684-689. ISSN 1414-8145.

The aim of the study was to identify the occurrence of the nursing diagnosis Risk of falls in elderly who suffered a stroke. Exploratory study realized in rehabilitation units from November 2007 to March 2008 through an interview and physic examine. The Taxonomy II of Nursing American North Diagnosis Association was used for the nursing diagnosis nomination. The population was composed by 73 aged with an average age of 69,5 years, mostly women, beyond low school grade and low financial income. It was found an average of 1,6 stroke episodes in 2,4 years. The diagnosis was present at all participants and the risk factors more identified were: Decreased strength in the lower limbs, Impaired Physical Mobility, Gait Difficult and Balance Impaired. Thus, a continuos and individualized diagnosis evaluation is very important to improve preventive actions to health problems of elderly.

Keywords : Aged; Nursing diagnosis; Accidental falls; Stroke.

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