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Related factors of anxiety in elderly assisted in nursing consultation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 March 2020

C.M. Carvalho
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
T.V. Cardoso Vernaglia
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
D. de Assis Correa Soria
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
T.D.J. Espirito Santo da Silva
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
S.R. de Souza
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
R. Mello
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
G. Ribeiro Bitencourt
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal Fluminense, School of Nursing, Niteroi, Brazil
M. Gripp
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
M. Guimaraes
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A. Goncalves
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I. Felippe
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Alfredo Pinto School of Nursing, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abstract

Anxiety in elderly can be diagnosed based on a detailed history and cognitive examination using various instruments. These instruments aim to obtain information that supports both the syndromic and etiological diagnosis and the planning and execution of therapeutic and rehabilitation measures to be used in each case. During the nursing consultation with elderly people in the Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), many patients with cognitive impairment showed anxious behavior. The study objectives to describe the factors related to the nursing diagnose anxiety in elderly patients attended in the nursing consultation. The consultations are based in the application of the nursing process. After the symptoms analysis, the nursing diagnosis anxiety is complemented with the related factors. The principals are death threat (64%), stressors (19%) and not needs met (17%). The data found are associated with cognitive impairment. Cognitive impairment in the elderly can lead to anxiety, depression and hopelessness, according to many studies.

Conclusions

Working the cognitive needs, and reducing stressors are appropriate strategies to reduce the anxiety. The care with the health professionals is important to notice the related factors early and improve the strategies.

Disclosure of interest

The authors have not supplied their declaration of competing interest.

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e-Poster viewing: anxiety disorders and somatoform disorders
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Copyright © European Psychiatric Association 2017
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