Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
VIRTUOSO, Janeisa Franck et al. Morbidity profile and the standard of access to health services for elderly practitioners of physical activities. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.1, pp.23-31. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000100005.
The morbidity profile and access to health services of 132 women and 33 men, with average age of 69.1±6 years all practitioners of physical activities was analyzed. A questionnaire for the socio-demographic profile, physical activity involved, self-referred morbidity and access to health services was applied. In the analysis, descriptive and inferencial statistics were used, with a significance level of 5%. Most of the sample was 60-69 years old (55.7%), practicing water aerobics (52.7%) and had high blood pressure (48.4%). The women aged 60 to 69 years (p <0.05) and 70 to 79 years (p <0.05) had at least one chronic disease. The indicators of access to health services were similar between genders (p> 0.05). The younger-aged men went more often to a doctor during the last year than the younger-aged women (p <0.05). In the other age brackets, feminine hegemony was maintained, with significant difference for 70 to 79 year-old females (p <0.05). Most of the elderly sought their private doctor (33.3%) or a health center (27.8 %). The main problems of the health services were medication (64.8%) and delays in scheduling consultations (48.4%). It was noted that the elderly are worried about preventive healthcare, which can be linked to the benefits of the practice of physical activity.
Keywords : The Elderly; Physical activity; Access to health services.