COMBINING VARIOUS FORMS OF TREATMENT TO HEALTH: A STUDY OF ELDERLY IN PRIMARY CARE

COMBINANDO DIFERENTES FORMAS DE TRATAMIENTO PARA LA SALUD: UN ESTUDIO DE ANCIANOS EN LA ATENCIÓN PRIMARIA

Luciane Paula Batista Araújo de Oliveira Sílvia Maria Azevedo dos Santos About the authors

ABSTRACT

The study aimed to analyze the contextual conditions that influence the use of medications in elderly assisted in primary health care. Qualitative study with contribution of Grounded Theory, held in Santa Cruz, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, where 30 elderly patients on medications were interviewed . Data were coded and a model consisting of nine categories was generated. The two categories that explain the contextual conditions of the phenomenon are, Interacting with the support network and The concurrent use of medicines, teas, home remedies and faith, but only the latter is the subject of discussion in this article. To accommodate various treatments, the elderly tried to understand and compare their functions and exercise the faith in God. The act of reconciling different treatments is part of contextual conditions that influence the phenomenon studied, creating a set of circumstances to which these seniors accounted seeking strategies to deal with drug use in daily life.

DESCRIPTORS:
Drug utilization; Phytotherapy; Aged; Primary health care

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Programa de Pós Graduação em Enfermagem Campus Universitário Trindade, 88040-970 Florianópolis - Santa Catarina - Brasil, Tel.: (55 48) 3721-4915 / (55 48) 3721-9043 - Florianópolis - SC - Brazil
E-mail: textoecontexto@contato.ufsc.br