Profile of elderly registered at a family health unit of Fortaleza-CE


  • Jorge Wilker Bezerra Clares
  • Maria Célia de Freitas
  • Paulo César de Almeida
  • Francisca Tereza de Galiza
  • Terezinha Almeida Queiroz


Aged, Health Centers, Demographic Data, Socioeconomic Factors.


This is a descriptive and quantitative study which describes the socio-demographic, economical and clinical profile of elderly people registered at a family health unit in Fortaleza in the state of Ceará. Data were collected from May to June 2011, by household survey, with the application of a form with 52 elderly people. The results revealed a predominantly female population (69.2%), with low levels of schooling (88.5%), retired (69.2%) and with low monthly income (96.2%). Regarding the health situation, the cardiovascular disease presented higher prevalence among women (p=0.005). There was a prevalence of hypertension (48.1%) and diabetes (15.4%). A significant proportion of the elderly people admitted not to have adhered to drug therapy (33.3%). It is considered that the data that characterize the elderly assisted in primary care are essential to devise strategies of health education to meet their needs.



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Clares, J. W. B., Freitas, M. C. de, Almeida, P. C. de, Galiza, F. T. de, & Queiroz, T. A. (2011). Profile of elderly registered at a family health unit of Fortaleza-CE. Rev Rene, 12. Retrieved from



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