Resilience and self-care of elderly people with diabetes mellitus

Keywords: Resilience, Psychological; Self Care; Aged; Diabetes Mellitus.

Abstract

Objective: to associate resilience levels and self-care activities in elderly people with diabetes mellitus. Methods: a cross-sectional study was carried out with 96 elderly patients hospitalized for complications of diabetes mellitus in medical and surgical clinics of a university hospital. Data were collected through interviews, Resilience Scale, and Diabetes Self-Care Activities Questionnaire, being analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: elderly patients with low resilience demonstrated statistically significant higher averages of week days dedicated to self-care activities such as in the axes medication, foot care, and blood glucose monitoring. Conclusion: a statistical association between resilience and self-care was identified in the areas of Medication, Foot Care and Blood glucose monitoring, with evidence of higher averages among elderly patients who showed low resilience, which shows a lower adherence of these individuals to non-pharmacological activities.

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Published
2019-02-20
Section
Research Article